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By George Bernard Shaw, Eric Bentley, Norman Lloyd
Those 4 vintage performs by way of the good playwright satirize society, army heroism, marriage, and the pursuit of guy by way of lady. comprises "Mrs. Warren's occupation, hands and the fellow, Candida," and "Man and Superman," besides a brand new creation by means of Eric Bentley and a brand new afterword by means of Norman Lloyd.
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Shakespeare for Hettner, Jorgenson says, “had been concerned only with the reproduction of history and the writing of poetry. He had not thought it necessary to bring the historical subject matter into any living relationship with the present”; Hettner “insisted that the genuine historical drama must begin with the present. ”132 For Hettner, modern drama is ideally located midway between the investigation of character development and contemporary social conflicts, the background events sharing focus with the character’s complexity.
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Plays by George Bernard Shaw, Eric Bentley, Norman Lloyd