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American Plays of the New Womanby Keith Newlin
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The battle of the sexes reached a near fever pitch in the early years of the twentieth century, in the debate over the proper role of women in a rapidly changing and increasingly industrialized society. The six plays that Keith Newlin has selected for this book nicely illustrate the conflicts of that time over such issues as the double standard, the advent of the New Woman and turn-of-the-century feminism, and the clash between a woman's career and conventional marriage. The plays are: William Vaughn Moody's The Great Divide (1906), Rachel Crothers's A Man's World (1910), Augustus Thomas's As a Man Thinks (1911), Alice Gerstenberg's Overtones (1913), Susan Glaspell's The Outside (1917), and the first winner of the Pulitzer Prize for drama, Jesse Lynch Williams's Why Marry? (1917). Both commercial and experimental plays are represented here, including two one-acts, and ranging from symbolic drama to zesty comedy. The point, as Mr. Newlin notes in his introduction, is not to recover significant plays but to illustrate a vibrant social debate from both male and female perspectives, and to do so in a range of dramatic form.
These six plays nicely illustrate the battle of the sexes in the early twentieth century over such issues as the double standard, the advent of the "New Woman" and turn-of-the-century feminism, and the clash between a woman's career and conventional marriage.
These six plays present varying accounts of the battle of the sexes in the early years of the 20th century. The subjects include the double standard, the advent of the New Woman and turn-of-the-century feminism, and the clash between a woman's career and conventional marriage. Delightful...these plays...provide wonderful insights into the collective mentality of the period. --Library Journal
Table of Contents
The great divide / William Vaughn Moody — A man's world / Rachel Crothers — As a man thinks / Augustus Thomas — Overtones / Alice Gerstenberg — The outside / Susan Glaspell — Why marry? / Jesse Lynch Williams.
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