By Professor Bert Cardullo, Mr. Robert Knopf
This severe anthology of avant-garde drama deals accomplished assurance of that distinctively twentieth-century culture. It contains the whole texts of 16 very important performs, every one preceded via a historical-critical creation and by way of an essay, usually written through the playwright, that elaborates at the dramatic and aesthetic concerns raised through the play. Cardullo and Knopf, in making performs and files of the avant-garde on hand in a single assortment for the 1st time, underscore where and significance of the circulate. In a provocative common creation to the publication, Bert Cardullo strains the heritage of the avant-garde culture and argues for a revisionist historical past of recent drama that may recognize the leading edge contributions of the avant-garde. The anthology, which provides examples of French and Russian Symbolism, Italian Futurism, German Expressionism, and Dada-Surrealism, in addition to paintings via such seminal figures as Jarry, Strindberg, Artaud, and Kandinsky, illuminates the awesome bold of those writers from many Western international locations and numerous theatrical pursuits.