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Camille and Other Plays: A Peculiar Position; The Glass of Water; La Dame aux Camélias; Olympe's Marriage; A Scrap of Paper

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In this classic anthology of French drama, Stephen S. Stanton has assembled the nineteenth century's finest "well-made plays": The Glass of Water and A Peculiar Position by Eugene Scribe; Camille by Alexander Dumas fils; Olympe's Marriage by Emile Augier; A Scrap of Paper by Victorien Sardou. In an incisive introduction, Stanton fully diagrams these works and their seminal ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 1st 1957 by Hill and Wang
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Rachel
Sep 07, 2008 Rachel rated it it was ok
One's enjoyment of this book is going to depend entirely on their taste. Do you like nineteenth century French comedy? Then you probably will have fun. If it's not exactly your cup of tea, as I'm discovering, then your reactions will likely be more mixed, if not neccesarily downright negative.

Of the four plays here, A Peculiar Position and A Scrap of Paper are outright farces, and thus, in my opinion, don't work particularly well on paper, even if they're wonderful when performed. The Glass of W
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Morgan
May 05, 2008 Morgan rated it it was ok
I've only read "A Glass of Water" and "A Scrap of Paper," and both for a class. I might try "Camille." I dunno, I'm not much of a pièce bien-faite person, but "A Scrap of Paper" was, I'll admit, fairly amusing. "A Glass of Water" was basically the duller side of "Three Musketeers": political intrigue, constant "turning of the screw" (as my professor likes to say), but not enough dueling to break the flow of the constant intellectual quibbling.
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Apr 03, 2010 Sam rated it liked it
This anthology contains five plays - A Peculiar Position and The Glass of Water, by Scribe, La Dame aux Camelias by Dumas, Olympe's Marriage by Augier, and A Scrap of Paper by Sardou. All are relatively melodramatic and formulaic "well-made plays", with short introductions to each.
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Augustin Eugène Scribe (24 December 1791 – 20 February 1861) was a French dramatist and librettist. He is known for the perfection of the so-called "well-made play" (pièce bien faite), a mainstay of popular theatre for over 100 years, and as the librettist of many of the most successful grand operas.
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