Granville-Barker


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Granville-Barker

Harley. 1877--1946, English dramatist, theatre director, and critic, noted particularly for his Prefaces to Shakespeare (1927--47)
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Granville-Barker shows a ruthless awareness of family dynamics: in this case nothing much changes even after all the children are told of the dishonorable and fragile foundations of their prosperity.
Instead, he explores its roots in the newly-intensified social dialogue concerning sexuality in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century, dialogue sparked by such playwrights as Ibsen, Strindberg, Pinero, and Granville-Barker. Tricomi implies that it was only when societies returned to the questions which had driven bitter plays like Measure for Measure in the first place that they found compelling ways to describe them.
Inevitably, with so much ground to cover, there is some scampering over the surface, but this book would be a good place for a student with little time to delve deeply to find out what the Camden Group was or what was the contribution of Harley Granville-Barker to the theatre or Reith to the BBC, or (a good section, this) how the popular press dealt with sensational murders.
Granville-Barker began his stage training at age 13 and first appeared on the London stage two years later.
And the persistent appearance of courageous women in plays by Granville-Barker and Galsworthy can be attributed as persuasively to the theatrical women they knew and worked with as it can to a mythical zeitgeist floating in the Edwardian ether.
In Harley Granville-Barker's The Voysey Inheritance (1905) an heir apparent to his father's investment firm learns that the old man has been defrauding his clients for years.
~Or' reads A Midsummer Night's Dream with reference to the beginning of the First World War; ~Shakespeare and the General Strike' pays attention to appropriations of Coriolanus at that moment; Take Me to Your Leda' analyses the conjunction of the Leavisite project and the stock market crash in terms of a reading of Measure For Measure; and ~Lear's Maps' refers to Granville-Barker's production of King Lear at the beginning of the Second World War.
(40) Manmohan Mehra, Harley Granville-Barker: A Critical Study of the Major Plays (Calcutta: Prokash, 1981), 123.
A National Theater presentation of a play in two acts by Harley Granville-Barker. Directed by Peter Gill.
NEW YORK CITY: Shakespeare scholars extol only the testosterone bunch: Orson Welles, Harley Granville-Barker, Peter Brook, David Garrick, Laurence Olivier.
Cambridge's offers a lineal descendant of Granville-Barker's A Companion to Shakespeare Studies (1934).