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Maurice Maeterlinck and the Making of Modern Theatre

Maurice Maeterlinck and the Making of Modern Theatre
Author: Patrick McGuinness
ISBN 13: 9780198159773
ISBN 10: 198159773
Edition: 1
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 2000-03-16
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 280
List Price: $165.00

Maurice Maeterlinck has been called the 'prodigal father' of modern theatre. As Rilke put it, he shifted theatre's center of gravity, replacing action with inaction, events with the eventless, and dialogue with an expressive semantics of silence. This study, the first in over a decade, traces the development of Maeterlinck's dramatic vision of extraordinary originality and depth.

The Times Literary Supplement - Stokes

Patrick McGuiness's strongly argued and extremely persuasive book, Maurice Maeterlinck and the Making of Modern Theatre, follows on from the example of recent scholars, the most distinguished and influential being Katharine Worth, who have traced a line of descent from Maeterlinck via Yeats to Beckett, but McGuiness shifts the emphasis from Maeterlinck, the suggestive exemplar, to Maeterlicnk, the serious theoretician.