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We have accurate knowledge of English drama—remarks George Pierce Baker in his Introduction to this volume—in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and also at the other extreme, since 1870; but the few attempts at histories of the stage or of the drama from 1800 to 1870 (the period covered by Dr. Watson’s book) have not shown any broad treatment of the subject nor have they been carefully documented. Dr. Watson, on the other hand, has not only presented a vivid picture of these years in our dramatic history but he has been able to revise many current ideas as to the drama of the time. “More than any other book I know,” continues Professor Baker, “this of Dr. Watson’s treats plays and their production in their right relationship—as inseparable. He does not merely gather facts as to the mechanics of the stage of 1800 to 1870, its actors, managers, scenery, and lighting; he explains the development of the drama itself through these.” The value of the work both for students and for the general reader is considerably enhanced by the inclusion of many reproductions of rare items in the famous Shaw Theatre Collection at Harvard.