Henri Becque Criticism: Les Corbeaux (The Vultures) - Essay

Frank Wadleigh Chandler (essay date 1916)

(Drama Criticism)

SOURCE: Chandler, Frank Wadleigh. “Family Studies.” In Aspects of Modern Drama, pp. 210-22. New York: Macmillan, 1916.

[In the following essay, Chandler compares marital relationships in plays by Bjornson, Mirbeau and Barker to Becque's The Vultures (translated by Chandler as The Ravens).]

I. The family study an outgrowth of the domestic drama. The family in relation to commercialism, as exhibited by Björnson, Becque, Mirbeau, and Barker: Björnson's A Bankruptcy, a family which has forfeited the higher values of life growing regenerate through a business failure; Becque's The Ravens, a widow and her children becoming the prey of her...

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Carl W. Wooton (essay date May 1961)

(Drama Criticism)

SOURCE: Wooton, Carl W. “The Vultures: Becque's Realistic Comedy of Manners.” Modern Drama 4, no. 1 (May 1961): 72-79.

[In the following essay, Wooton discusses The Vultures and its importance in the early development of modern realism.]

Henry Becque's The Vultures, although important in the early development of modern realism, seems to be, for the most part, a forgotten play, or at least one that has received little critical attention in America. Its inclusion in John Gassner's, A Treasury of the Theatre, in an English translation by Freeman Tilden,1 however, is likely to make it a familiar play, at least to undergraduate...

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Norman Araujo (essay date October 1989)

(Drama Criticism)

SOURCE: Araujo, Norman. “The Language of Business and the Business of Language in Becque's Les Corbeaux.The French Review 63, no. 1 (Oct 1989): 72-79.

[In the following essay, Araujo delivers an in-depth discussion of The Vultures, which opened with mixed reviews.]

Henry Becque's Les Corbeaux was presented for the first time on 14 September 1882, at the Comédie-Française. The work of a bookkeeper's son whose earlier plays had been little noticed, Les Corbeaux opened to mixed reviews, but would later be generally acclaimed as Becque's masterpiece and one of the finest and most original plays of the late nineteenth...

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