The theme of A Glass of Water is spoken by Lord Henry St. John: "Little things can lead to great ones. This war with France sprang from the wounded vanity of a courtesan. And look at me! Do you know how Henry St. John - once considered a dandy and a blockhead - do you know how I became a cabinet minister? Because I knew the latest dance-step, the saraband. And do you know why I lost power? I caught a cold."
The prolific Scribe (1791-1861) may be better known for his librettos for composers such as Meyerbeer, Rossini, Auber, and Verdi than for the many "well-made" plays he wrote for the French stage. This witty comedy about Queen Anne and the Churchills was one of his most successful and has previously been translated into English. In Eugene Scribe (Twayne, 1980), Helene Koone notes that "his plays do not reveal their full charms on the printed page. They need the physical presence and interpretation of actors." If the proof is indeed in the performing, this translation has at least the recipe for success. The lines are lively and crisp, without the stilted phrasing of one previous version examined. Literature and performing arts research collections should seriously consider for purchase.-Carolyn M. Mulac, Chicago P.L.
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Meet the Author
Robert Cornthwaite has worked for many years as an actor in radio, theater, films, and television. Occasionally he directs a play, or writes one, or translates one from languages he learned in school or from travel - French, German, and Italian. These are always plays he likes for their liveliness, their humor, their ideas, and-yes-their sheer theatricality.