About the book
Much has been made of the gains of the multicultural reconstruction of the canon of world drama, but what about the works that have been abandoned to make room for the new ones? Lost Masterpieces of Euro-American Drama brings together ten plays that have been dropped from the major anthologies of world drama over the past twenty years, in order to examine the consequences of the new canonization for our understanding of the development of dramatic form. Those plays are Goldoni’s The Servant of Two Masters (1743), Musset’s No Trifling with Love (1834), Gogol’s The Inspector General (1836), Hebbel’s Maria Magdalene (1844), Tolstoy’s The Power of Darkness (1886), Yeats’s The Countess Cathleen (1892), Wedekind’s Earth Spirit (1895), Čapek’s R.U.R. (1920), Hecht and MacArthur’s The Front Page (1928), and Sartre’s No Exit (1944).
"Bert Cardullo's scholarship is rigorous, thoroughly well-grounded, and thoroughly professional. His contribution to dramatic literature and criticism in Lost Masterpieces is remarkably impressive."
―Leon Katz, Professor of Drama Emeritus, Yale School of Drama
"Professor Cardullo brings to the works he anthologizes in Lost Masterpieces of Euro-American Drama exactly the sort of well-informed objectivity they require but so often do not get―have not gotten for some time now. As for Cardullo's introductory comments, I am quite impressed with the lucidity of his arguments and the insights he offers on several plays about which I myself have
not thought in years. Simply put, this is an astute piece of work."
―Daniel Gerould, late Professor of Theatre and Comparative Literature, CUNY Graduate Center