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

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

by William W. Demastes
 

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

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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 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)

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. His many articles have appeared in Modern Drama, Comparative Drama, Theatre Journal, Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, New Theatre Quarterly, and Studies in American Drama, 1945-Present. His books include Clifford Odets: A Research and Production Sourcebook (1991), and Beyond Naturalism: A New Realism in the American Theatre (1989), both published by Greenwood Press.

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