Lifetime: 1881 - 1946 Passed: ≈ 77 years ago


Drama Critic


United States

Clayton Hamilton

Clayton Meeker Hamilton was an American drama critic.

Born in Brooklyn, N. Y., Hamilton was the son of George Alexander Hamilton and Susie Ameila Corey Hamilton. He graduated from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in 1900 and from Columbia University (M. A.) in 1901.

He was extension lecturer on the drama at Columbia University after 1903, and lectured in other connections. He served as dramatic critic and associate editor of the Forum in 1907–09, and as dramatic editor of the Bookman after 1910, of Everybody's Magazine after 1911, and of Vogue after 1912. He was elected a member of The National Institute of Arts and Letters. He edited Stevenson's Treasure Island for "Longman's English Classics" in 1910; contributed to the New International Encyclopedia and is author of Love That Blinds (1906), with Grace Isabel Colbron; Materials and Methods of Fiction (1908); The Theory of the Theatre (1910); The Stranger at the Inn (1913); Studies in Stagecraft (1914); and, with A. E. Thomas, a play, The Big Idea (1914).

In 1945, Hamilton was the host and narrator on Brownstone Theater, a dramatic anthology radio series on the Mutual Broadcasting System.

In 1913, Hamilton married Gladys Coates. They had two children.

Hamilton died of a heart attack in New York on September 17, 1946. He was survived by his wife and sons Gordon C. Hamilton and Donald C. Hamilton.

Books by Clayton Hamilton

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Studies in Stagecraft

Drama Contemporary Theory Art Short Works Criticism

A companion piece to Hamilton's earlier work, The Theory of the Theatre. Where that volume dealt with the criticism of dramatic art in general, this volume focuses more specifically on the contemporary drama of the era in which it was written.

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Problems of the Playwright

Naturalistic Analysis Problems Short Works Conflict

It is a comprehensive guidebook for playwrights that delves into the most common issues that arise when writing a play. Written by Clayton Hamilton, a prominent American drama critic, the book was first published in 1924 and has since become a classi...

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Seen on the Stage

Drama Essays
Adventure Thriller Criticism Storytelling Theatre Stage Performances Live Performances

It is an intriguing and captivating book that takes readers on a journey into the world of theater. This book offers a fascinating exploration of various stage performances. In "Seen on the Stage," Clayton Hamilton shares his insightful observations...

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Theory of the Theatre, and Other Principles of Dramatic Criticism

A collection of essays by American critic Clayton Hamilton concerning theatre & dramatic practices, and the criticism thereof, from an early 20th century perspective. - Summary by Andrew Gaunce