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The Theory of the Theatre and Other Principles of Dramatic Criticism
by Hamilton, Clayton


HENRY HOLT AND COMPANY, NEW YORK

Published April, 1910

Uniform with This Volume

Studies in Stagecraft

Second Printing

TO

BRANDER MATTHEWS
MENTOR AND FRIEND
WHO FIRST AWAKENED MY CRITICAL INTEREST IN THE THEORY OF THE THEATRE

Preface
The Theory of the Theatre
What is a Play?
The Psychology of Theatre Audiences
The Actor and the Dramatist
Stage Conventions in Modern Times
Economy of Attention in Theatrical Performances
Emphasis in the Drama
The Four Leading Types of Drama
The Modern Social Drama
Other Principles of Dramatic Criticism
The Public and the Dramatist
Dramatic Art and the Theatre Business
The Happy Ending in the Theatre
The Boundaries of Approbation
Imitation and Suggestion in the Drama
Holding the Mirror up to Nature
Blank Verse on the Contemporary Stage
Dramatic Literature and Theatric Journalism
The Intention of Permanence
The Quality of New Endeavor
The Effect of Plays Upon the Public
Pleasant and Unpleasant Plays
Themes in the Theatre
The Function of Imagination
Personae

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