In a new edition of this now-classic work, Robert Brustein argues
that the roots of the modern theatre may be found in the soil of
rebellion cultivated by eight outstanding playwrights: Ibsen,
Strindberg, Chekhov, Shaw, Brecht, Pirandello, O'Neill, and Genet.
Focusing on each of them in turn, Mr. Brustein considers the nature
of their revolt, the methods employed in their plays, their
influences on the modern drama, and the playwrights themselves.