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A book written completely in an unknown tongue tends somewhat to lack interest. The average American will go docilely to listen to a play in Russian or Italian or French, though the nicer turns of phrase leave him relatively cold. There are always redeeming features. There are the coiling hands of Duse. There is the highly cultivated naturalness of the Moscow players. There are the snakes and daggers and dark shadows of the Grand Guignol.

A library differs from a theatre. The printed page is...

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