Clyde Fitch and the American Theatre: An Olive in the by Kevin Lane Dearinger

By Kevin Lane Dearinger

Clyde Fitch (1865-1909) was once the main winning and prolific dramatist of his time, generating approximately sixty performs in a twenty-year occupation. He wrote witty comedies, chaotic farces, homespun dramas, celebrity cars, ancient works, stark melodramas, and variations of ecu successes, yet he used to be top identified for his society performs, mirroring topics present in the novels of Henry James and Edith Wharton. in truth, Fitch collaborated with Wharton on a level model of her House ofMirth. He used to be additionally a homosexual guy, even though that gentler adjective used to be no longer the time period of his time. He was once bullied at school and baited via critics all through his profession for what they meant of his deepest lifestyles. He answered with notable energy and integrity. He was once, not less than for a short while, Oscar Wilde’s lover, and Wilde prompted his early performs, yet Fitch’s learn of Ibsen and different ecu dramatists encouraged him to pursue the process naturalism. As he grew to become extra winning, he took larger regulate of the staging and layout of his performs. He used to be an entire guy of the theatre and one of the first names enrolled in New York’s theatrical corridor of fame.

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