Other Literary Forms

(Critical Edition of Dramatic Literature)
ph_0111207661-Granville.jpg Harley Granville-Barker in 1915. Published by Salem Press, Inc.

Harley Granville-Barker’s concern for a serious drama, and for a serious theater to interpret that drama, informs much, if not all, of his prose writings. With William Archer, Granville-Barker compiled A National Theatre: Scheme and Estimates (1907, revised by Granville-Barker in 1930), a working blueprint for a national repertory theater. The Exemplary Theatre (1922) presents Granville-Barker’s conception of the theater from the perspective of a director-actor-playwright. His other writings on the theater, On Dramatic Method (1931), The Study of Drama (1934), On Poetry in Drama (1937), and The Use of Drama (1945), focus primarily on his conception of a theatrically viable drama. This particular concern is evident as well in his famous series Prefaces to Shakespeare (1927-1947) and in its predecessor, the various prefaces and introductions Granville-Barker wrote for the volumes of The Player’s Shakespeare (1923-1927). The remainder of Granville-Barker’s literary works consists of a handful of articles on drama and on the theater; six short stories, of which only three have been published; and numerous translations.