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Notable Women in the American Theatre: A Biographical Dictionary

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Overview

This reference book has entries for some 300 women in American theater, ranging from actors, directors, choreographers, playwrights, and designers, to critics, agents, and managers, and should provide focus for future scholars of women's studies and theater. . . . . The volume will prove valuable to scholars and the curious. Library Journal

The current and thoughtful treatment of this book will be valuable for academic and large public libraries, especially those that support research in women's studies, theater, American studies, and biography. Booklist

From Mrs. Lewis Hallam, the first known professional actress in America to outstanding women of the present era, this biographical dictionary alphabetically examines some 300 notable women who had distinguished careers in the American theatre. Not simply a list of names and activities, the volume—to the extent possible—narrates and evaluates the women's lives and accomplishments providing not only relevant biographical information and bibliographical materials but also describing the women's professional contributions. In representing the careers of theatre artists from actors, directors, and designers, to choreographers, managers, playwrights, educators, critics, variety performers, and agents, this first reference of its kind devoted exclusively to women also serves as a unique survey of the history of American theatre. Notable Women in the American Theatre documents the widespread activities of women in the American theatre. As many of them functioned in more than one capacity, one of the two appendixes lists names in the various professional categories.

Each entry describes the pertinent facts of biography and contains a descriptive narrative relating to the individual's career with a special notation of her distinguished role in the American theatre. A bibliography of the featured woman, including sources to be found in books, magazines, and newspapers, is also part of the alphabetical entry. To aid readers and researchers, 2 separate appendixes contain listings by place of birth and by profession and collate the interrelatedness of the careers of many of the women. Compiled primarily as a reference for college and university libraries, the volume would be a useful supplement to courses in women's studies, American studies, drama courses taught in English and theatre departments, courses in the history of the theatre, American history, and biography.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This reference book has entries for some 300 women in American theater, ranging from actors, directors, choreographers, playwrights, and designers, to critics, agents, and managers, and should provide focus for future scholars of women's studies and theater. Though written by many researchers, the entries have a formulaic structure, the final part of which, a bibliography, is the most useful. The book is crammed with information, both essential and interesting. Did you know that June Havoc and Gypsy Rose Lee were sisters? A couple of quibbles: A few of the entries do not seem to be particularly ``notable'' women of the theater. Also, the first index lists the entries by place of birth, which seems a silly rationale for arrangement of information in a work of this type. The volume will prove valuable to scholars and the curious.-- Thomas E. Luddy, Salem State Coll., Mass.
Booknews
Some 300 alphabetical entries examine women of distinction in American theatre--actors, directors, designers, choreographers, playwrights, critics, agents, etc. The entries describe the women's professional contributions and provide biographical information and bibliographical materials. Two separate appendices contain listings by place of birth and by profession. Primarily a reference for college and university libraries. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313272172
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/6/1989
  • Pages: 1012
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 2.38 (d)

Meet the Author

ALICE M. ROBINSON is Associate Professor of Theatre and Speech at the University of Maryland.

VERA MOWRY ROBERTS is Professor Emeritus of Theatre at Hunter College and the Graduate School of the City University of New York.

MILLY S. BARRANGER is Chairperson and Professor of Dramatic Art at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Notable Women in the American Theatre

Appendix 1: Listing by Place of Birth

Appendix 2: Listing by Profession

Index

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