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Archer, William (1856-1924)
Scottish drama critic, essayist and playwright. Promoted what was termed "the new drama" in England, particularly the plays of Henrik Ibsen whose work became extremely popular among radicals and anarchists both in England and the United States. Archer translated many of Ibsen's works, including The Pillars of Society
(1880), which, as Quicksands: or The Pillars of Society
(1922), became the first Ibsen play performed on the British stage. Archer was also the editor of the 11-volume Collected Works of Henrik Ibsen
(1906-8) and author of numerous books and essays on the stage, including The Old Drama and the New
(1923). Archer signed the 1915 petition
to President Wilson
in support of Margaret Sanger which was organized by Marie Stopes
References: Martin Banham, ed., The Cambridge Guide to Theatre, rev. pbk. Ed. (1992); Thomas Postlewait, Prophet of the New Drama (1986).
The Margaret Sanger Papers Electronic Edition: Margaret Sanger and The Woman Rebel, 1914-1916, eds. Esther Katz, Cathy Moran Hajo and Peter Engelman
(Columbia, S.C.: Model Editions Partnership, 1999). On the Web at http://mep.blackmesatech.com/mep/ [Accessed 4 January 2018]