RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 42038871 LA English T1 Maurice Maeterlinck and the making of modern theatre A1 McGuinness, Patrick., PB Oxford University Press PP Oxford; New York YR 2000 SN 0198159773 9780198159773 AB "This is a study of one of theatre's quietest but most radical innovators. The playwright, poet, and essayist Maurice Maeterlinck (1862-1949) has been called the 'prodigal father' of the theatre of the Absurd. Admired by writers as diverse as Mallarme and Yeats, Artaud and Strindberg, Chekhov and Jarry, Maeterlinck was the most celebrated avant-garde playwright of his day. By 1900 he had given theatre a new set of bearings: 'static theatre', the 'theatre of the unexpressed', and the 'tragic of the everyday'. He had, according to Rilke, relocated theatre's centre of gravity, replacing action with inaction, events with the eventless, and dialogue with a semantics of silence as expressive as any of Symbolism's most sophisticated poetic constructions."--BOOK JACKET.