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TRUTH, The. At the time of his death in 1909, Clyde Fitch was enjoying a British and Continental reputation equal almost to his popularity at home. His psychological study, 'The Truth,' had been widely received; his melodrama, (The Woman in the Case,' had just been hailed in London. There is no doubt that any estimate of Fitch as a dramatist— his prolific pen turned out over 30 original plays, not counting dramatizations and adapta tions from the French and German —mist rank as high, in technical vividness and psy chological achievement, (The Girl With the Green Eyes' and (The Truth,' usually grouped together as his most acute feminine studies. Both were written for the actress, Mrs. Clara Bloodgood; and both were pondered over long before pen was put to paper. As answer to the critics who continually believed Fitch to be a hasty spinner of slight feminine studies, one notes in the dramatist's correspondence that as early as 1894 he was speaking to friends of the °jealousy play') to be written. Eight years

later, 'The Girl with the Green Eyes' was finished.

'The Truth' was equally as carefully thought out, and is as incisive in its study of the snares and tragedies of lying, as the former is of jealousy. It was presented in New York, 7 Jan. 1907, and was not a financial success, though it was praised for its distinction of style. From the time, however, it was given in London, at the Comedy Theatre, 6 April 1907, with Miss Marie Tempest as Becky Warder, it was universally praised as a tech nical triumph of revelatory psychology,— showing logically, relentlessly, yet deftly, how a woman's habit of lying over slight things, that might be explained away, leads to un happiness and dire tragic ends.

(The Truth> has had a worthy stage history in Germany, Italy, Russia, Hungary and the Scandinavian countries. It was revived by Mr. Winthrop Ames, at the New York Little Theatre, on 11 April 1914.