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The Theatre of Robert Edmond Jones
Ralph Pendleton, ed.

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Wesleyan Open Books

Wesleyan
1958 • 212 pp. 58 illus. 11 figs. 10 x 7 1/2 "
Theater & Performing Arts


$0.00 Ebook, 978-0-8195-7784-9

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“The more than 80 scene-design paintings reproduced here are handsome evidence that Jones’s reputation is solidly based upon a mastery of craft, a magnificence of vision, and a dedication to the poetry of pure theatre . . . an invaluable source for special learning.”—Saturday Review

Robert Edmond Jones (1887-1954) spent his career as a theater set designer. He also worked on the production of early Technicolor films as a color consultant. As a stage designer, Jones is best known for his simplified sets that complemented the action of a production and his dramatic use of color in costuming and lighting. Jones became an innovative force in modern set design for the American theatre and is credited with bringing “The New Stagecraft” to the American drama. He also designed for opera and dance and was named Radio City Music Hall’s first art director in 1932. This collection of essays presents a record of his innovative work and impact on the world of theatre. The volume includes contributions from collaborators. Those interested in stagecraft and the history of modern theatre will find this work a valuable illumination of the method of one of the most important figures in the history of modern theatre.

Reviews / Endorsements



“A great tribute in a beautiful book to a great man in the theatre.” Katharine Cornell

“Robert Edmond Jones was the greatest scenic artist America has ever produced. He was not only a pioneer in this field and its artistic leader, but the beauty and simplicity of his sets are classic…No theatre lover should be without this book.” Lawrence Langner



RALPH PENDLETON was professor of English at Wesleyan University and founded the university’s Theater program in the mid 1930s. A pioneering set designer, Mr. Pendleton served as the theater department’s first chair until his retirement in 1974 and was an important contributor to the opening of the Center for the Arts complex.



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