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This highly acclaimed critical exploration of modern drama begins with Bchner and Ibsen and then discusses the major playwrights who have shaped modern theaterStrindberg, Chekhov, Pirandello, Brecht, Beckett, and Handke. A new introduction by the author assesses developments of recent years.
Reviews of the earlier editions:
The best single study of the astonishing transformations dramatic art has undergone in the last century or so.Thomas R. Edwards, New York Times Book Review
In its field this is one of the choice books of the century. It moves toward the deepest sources of some great plays, so it deepens their effect on us.Stanley Kauffmann
The Making of Modern Drama has no rivals. Richard Gilmans account of his fascinating subject is written with love, measure, and authority.Susan Sontag
Gilmans book on the genesis and development of contemporary drama is acute, beautifully accomplished, and, I think, important.Donald Barthelme