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Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 3 (ed. Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939., Erskine, John, 1879-1951., Sherman, Stuart Pratt, 1881-1926., Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.) 2 0 Browse Search
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Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 3 (ed. Trent, William Peterfield, 1862-1939., Erskine, John, 1879-1951., Sherman, Stuart Pratt, 1881-1926., Van Doren, Carl, 1885-1950.), Book III (continued) (search)
, 1890), and this may be accounted Fitch's beginning, followed directly afterward by a one-act sketch, Frederic Lemaitre (I December, 1890), written for Henry Miller. Up to the time of the appearance of these names in the history of American playwriting, it is difficult to give coherence to the development of American dramatic consciousness. The style in theatre management was stock, until business combination began to assert itself. And such names as Bartley Campbell (1843-1888), Henry Guy Carlton (1856-1910), Edgar Fawcett (1847-1904) mean nothing in the way of native feeling for drama, however much Campbell's My partner reflected Western melodrama. Even James A. Herne, who had a career as actor in San Francisco which presaged greater work to come, did not arrive in New York until later, though he had begun his playwriting when Hearts of Oak was given at Baldwin's Theatre, San Francisco, 9 September, 1879. And we are rightly inclined to regard Herne as our first exponent of r