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The Theatre

Nancy Duvall Hargrove

in T. S. Eliot’s Parisian Year

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780813034010
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039367 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813034010.003.0004
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The Parisian theatre scene, with its variety and richness, served as inspiration for developing Eliot the dramatist and poet. Eliot described Paris as a combination of past and present. Various French theatres such as the Comédie-Française continued presenting the classics while also adopting conflicting innovations from Lugné-Poe and Antoine. Jacques Roché's article “L'Art théâtrale modern” in Le Figaro introduced ideas of international modern drama pioneers and proposed that the designs of sets should signify experimentation in modern art. Roché attempted to revive the Théâtre des Arts, and Eliot was able to witness the opening production. This chapter shows how drama encouraged Eliot to immerse himself more in French culture through different theatre offerings.

Keywords: theatre scene; Comédie-Française; Lugné-Poe; Antoine; Jacques Roché; L'Art théâtrale modern

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Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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