American literature the 20th century important movements in drama poetry fiction and criticism took shape in the years before during and after world war i the eventful period that followed the war left its imprint upon books of all kinds literary forms of the period were extraordinarily varied and in drama poetry and fiction the leading authors tended toward radical technical . 20th century american drama american drama imitated english and european theater until well into the 20th century often plays from england or translated from european languages dominated theater seasons an inadequate copyright law that failed to protect and promote american dramatists worked against genuinely original drama. American drama of the twentieth century and millions of other books are available for amazon kindle learn more enter your mobile number or email address below and well send you a link to download the free kindle app. The early years of the 20th century before world war i continued to see realism as the main development in drama but starting around 1900 there was a revival of poetic drama in the states corresponding to a similar revival in europe eg yeats maeterlinck and hauptmann . Twentieth century north american drama contains 2050 plays from the united states and canada in addition to providing a comprehensive full text resource for students in the performing arts the collection offers a unique window into the economic historical social and political psyche of two countries
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