Major Elements of Serious American drama, 1944-1954

Horace Bullock, Colby College


The purpose of this paper is to evaluate and comment upon some of the aspects of modern American serious drama between 1944 and 1954. In this ten-year period, thousands of plays have been written and hundreds of these have been produced; yet, of necessity, the study is limited to twenty-four plays. From these, perhaps it is unlikely that a comprehensive evaluation of the serious drama of the period may be derived, yet the plays were selected on a basis which would presumably eliminate all but the most significant works, centering attention on the new creative trends of the period.