Manual of Craftsmanship
With a New Introduction to the Dover Edition
Sterling Professor of Playwriting and Dramatic
Literature, Yale University
This book is, to all intents and purposes, entirely new.
No considerable portion of it has already appeared,
although here and there short passages and phrases from
articles of bygone years are
embedded--indistinguishably, I hope--in the text. I have
tried, wherever it was possible, to select my examples
from published plays, which the student may read for
himself, and so check my observations. One reason, among
others, which led me to go to Shakespeare and Ibsen for
so many of my illustrations, was that they are the most
generally accessible of playwrights...............