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American Playwrights, 1880-1945: A Research and Production Sourcebook

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During the years 1880 to 1945, American theatre grew up, moving from entertainment-driven motives and melodramatic formulas to serious confrontations with issues of its time and to an experimentation with forms that would allow those confrontations to be frank and earnest. Many of the playwrights of this time wrote works of lasting significance, while others have impacted the work of contemporary dramatists. This reference is a guide to American theatre during this formative ...

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Overview

During the years 1880 to 1945, American theatre grew up, moving from entertainment-driven motives and melodramatic formulas to serious confrontations with issues of its time and to an experimentation with forms that would allow those confrontations to be frank and earnest. Many of the playwrights of this time wrote works of lasting significance, while others have impacted the work of contemporary dramatists. This reference is a guide to American theatre during this formative period.

The volume includes alphabetically arranged entries for 40 American playwrights active between 1880 and 1945. Included are the most frequently canonized figures, as well as previously neglected women and minority playwrights whose work is a vital part of American theatre history. Each entry includes a biographical overview, a summary of the critical reception of major productions and significant revivals, a critical assessment of the playwright's career, and a listing of archival, primary, and secondary bibliographic material.

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Summarizes the work of 40 outstanding playwrights active during American theater's vital, formative years. Alphabetically-arranged entries include overall assessments of each playwright, critical summaries of major plays' initial receptions as well as significant revivals, critical assessments of each playwright, and archival and bibliographic data. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313286384
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/30/1994
  • Pages: 508
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

WILLIAM W. DEMATES is Associate Professor of English at Louisiana State University.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Zoe Akins (1886-1958) 3
Maxwell Anderson (1888-1959) 14
Philip Barry (1896-1949) 29
S. N. Behrman (1893-1973) 40
David Belasco (1853-1931) 57
Rachel Crothers (1878-1958) 68
Clyde Fitch (1865-1909) 80
Zona Gale (1874-1938) 91
William Hooker Gillette (1853-1937) 99
Susan Keating Glaspell (1876-1948) 109
Paul Green (1894-1981) 121
Lillian Hellman (1906-1984) 132
James A. Herne (1839-1901) 145
Abram Hill (1910-1986) 156
Bronson Crocker Howard (1842-1908) 162
Sidney Howard (1891-1939) 171
William Dean Howells (1837-1920) 183
Langston Hughes (1902-1967) 196
Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960) 206
Henry James (1843-1916) 214
Georgia Douglas Johnson (1880-1966) 224
George S. Kaufman (1889-1961) 230
George Kelly (1887-1974) 242
Sidney Kingsley (1906-) 251
John Howard Lawson (1894-1977) 262
Clare Boothe Luce (1903-1987) 277
Percy Wallace MacKaye (1875-1956) 284
Langdon Mitchell (1862-1935) 293
William Vaughn Moody (1869-1910) 302
Clifford Odets (1906-1963) 310
Eugene Gladstone O'Neill (1888-1953) 323
Elmer Rice (1892-1967) 348
William Saroyan (1908-1981) 362
Irwin Shaw (1913-1984) 374
Edward Sheldon (1886-1946) 380
Robert E. Sherwood (1896-1955) 394
Gertrude Stein (1874-1946) 408
Augustus Thomas (1857-1934) 417
Sophie Treadwell (1885-1970) 427
Thornton Wilder (1897-1975) 437
Selected Bibliography 453
Index of Names 457
Index of Titles 475
About the Editor and Contributors 489
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