Review by Booklist Review
[PREVIOUSLY REVIEWED Ja 1 & 15 97, under British Playwrights, 1956^-1995.]
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Review by Library Journal Review
Taken as a set, these two new volumes supplement British Playwrights, 1956-1995 (Greenwood, 1996), edited by Demastes (English, Louisiana State Univ.), to form an excellent critical overview of regional drama in this century. The British edition features ten to 15-page essays on 40 writers active during the period, both famous (Auden) and forgotten (William Archer). The uniformly well-written essays each include biographical data, summaries of the critical reception of all works, assessments of the playwrights' careers, primary and secondary bibliographies, and the housings of unpublished archival material. Generally, this is a welcome addition to literature and theatrical collections that already own Stanley Weintraub's two-volume Modern British Dramatists, 1900-1945 (Gale, 1982). The Irish volume parallels the British one in format and quality, covering 32 major and minor playwrights throughout the century. Librarians should note, however, that essays on Wilde and Bernard Shaw appear in both sets, although by different authors who each offer useful information and assessments. Whereas 18 of these writers are lumped together in either the Dictionary of Literary Biography (DLB) 10 (the Weintraub work cited above) or DLB 13 (Weintraub's British Dramatists Since World War II, Gale, 1982), another 14 have yet to appear in any DLB series. As there is no comparable current volume in print specifically on Irish playwrights, Irish Playwrights, 1880-1995 would make a first-rate addition for all collections. Both volumes under review are highly recommended.Anthony J. Adam, Prairie View A&M Univ. Lib., Tex. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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