The portfolio contains a notebook and two typed manuscripts that trace the development of the essay entitled, "A Plea to G.
B. S." in
Ellen Terry and her Secret Self (1931; republished as
Ellen Terry and her Secret Self, Together with a Plea for G. B. S. in 1932). Edward Gordon Craig's essay "A Plea to G. B. S." is addressed to the British playwright Bernard Shaw, and responds
to a preface Shaw had written for his published correspondence with Dame Ellen Terry, a prominent actress and Craig's mother.
Edward Gordon Craig (1872-1966) was the second of two illegitimate children born to the actress Ellen Terry and the architect
Edward William Godwin. Like his older sister Edith, Gordon Craig followed his mother into drama. He attended Southfield Park
School in Tunbridge Wells, Bradfield College, and Heidelberg College in Germany. Craig became a member of the Lyceum, London,
the theatre associated with Henry Irving, where he received training as an actor and began his career in stage design and
production. Although Craig's radical ideas would prove highly influential, his English productions were commercial failures.
In 1904, he left England for the continent, where he wrote several influential pieces on stage design including "The Art of
the Theatre" (1905; republished as "On the Art of the Theatre" in 1911) and "The Actor and the Übermarionette" (1907). Craig's
belief in the potential of abstract scenic and lighting design, his studies of movement, and the moveable screens that he
created played a prominent role in dramatic experimentation in the early twentieth century. He died in 1966 in Vence, France.
3 items, including a proof with holograph notes and two typescript drafts
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