The Washington Post
Unsigned Reprint
Washington, D.C.: 25 March 1888


From the New York Tribune.

  A great many novelists both successful and unsuccessful have cast longing eyes at the stage, and sought to get versions of their works put into dramatic shape. They have been attracted not only by the large profits which a few dramatists are said to have made, but also by the expected fascination of seeing their creations in the flesh. If they ever do succeed in getting their work upon the boards they are likely to be disappointed in several ways. As a rule, it is very difficult to turn a good novel into a good play, and the author will probably find that the actors don't survey more than the broad outlines of his characters. A very few novels have made large royalties when put in dramatic form, notably "Uncle Tom's Cabin," "East Lynne" and "Lady Audley's Secret," but not one of these is artistically a good play. A few intense situations are sufficient to "carry" them, and to atone for a mass of verbiage and much exceedingly awkward construction. . . .