ABSTRACT

Morbid pessimism, subdued or paroxysmal, is the dominant role of the …new psychological drama…. The ideal writer of the neurotic school is a sort of literary mosquito, probing greater depths of agonised human nature than anybody else…. And this same process of needless self-torture is at work in some women’s minds now. It is difficult to explain on any other hypothesis their craving for the literature of hysteria…the doleful squalor of Ibsen.