This vintage work contains Brander Matthews' 1912 treatise on drama throughout the ages; "The Development of the Drama". These pages tell the interesting story of the slow evolution of drama, from its crude beginnings far back in the forgotten past to the pictorial complexity of the present day. It explores how drama is changed by demands of the actors, by the size of and shape and circumstances of the theatres of the time, and by the changing prejudices of the contemporary audiences. The chapters of this book include: 'The Art of the Dramatist', 'Greek Tragedy', 'Greek and Roman Comedy', 'The Medieval Drama', 'The Drama in Spain', 'The Drama in England', 'The Drama in France', 'The Drama in the Eighteenth Century', 'The Drama in the Nineteenth-century', and 'The Future of Drama'. We are republishing this antiquarian book now in an affordable, modern edition, complete with a specially commissioned biography of the author.