The Well-Made Play Scribe's Style - Essay

Scribe's Style

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

Patti P. Giliespie (essay date 1972)

SOURCE: "Plays, Well-Constructed and Weil-Made," in The Quarterly Journal of Speech, Vol. 58, No. 3, October, 1972, pp. 313-21.

[In this essay, Giliespie differentiates the well-made play from the well-constructed play, using the distinction to critically evaluate Scribe's dramatic style.]

Critical allusions to the plays of Eugène Scribe (1791-1861) are confused, ambiguous, and often contradictory. The literature surrounding this playwright discloses several curious situations. The name of Scribe is well known to students of the drama; the plays of Scribe are not. The success and esteem of Scribe in his own...

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