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The Theory of the Modern Stage: An Introduction to Modern Theatre and Drama (Penguin Literary Criticism) Paperback – 25 Jun 1992

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; Revised edition edition (25 Jun. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140171789
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140171785
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,264,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Eric Bentley is the author of "Bentley on Brecht", "What Is Theater?", and other volumes about drama. Born in England in 1916, he was inducted into the American Hall of Fame in 1998. He lives in New York City. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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This has a number of strong points - as would be expected of a book that was first published in 1968 and has been revised and reprinted several times since. But it is not a 'theory' in any useful sense but an anthology of readings, some more stimulating than others. Nor is it really, as its sub-title would have us believe, 'An Introduction to Modern Theatre and Drama' in any coherent way. One can argue that the subject matter does not have the coherence necessary for this; but the fact remains that it is a largely unrelated collation of contributions from, admittedly, significant writers without any obvious unity of progression. It is therefore neither a theory nor an introduction in the way that would usually be understood. It might be helpful as an addendum to a more unified presentation, but on its own it leaves the reader seeking an introduction little the wiser.
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Still informative and valid, though, as with many sharp critical minds...when something is found to be 'less than' it is given no quarter. I'd rather welcome the abundant learned insight...and then form my own opinions. Still...
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