The Theatrical Life of George Henry Boker

The Theatrical Life of George Henry Boker

by Thomas M. Kitts
     
 

Born in an age that discouraged serious dramatists and to a prominent Philadelphia family who tried to dissuade him from a literary and theatrical career, George Henry Boker (1823-1890) persevered to contribute significantly to the growth of American theater. He not only wrote more quality plays than any other nineteenth-century American dramatist, but he also

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Overview

Born in an age that discouraged serious dramatists and to a prominent Philadelphia family who tried to dissuade him from a literary and theatrical career, George Henry Boker (1823-1890) persevered to contribute significantly to the growth of American theater. He not only wrote more quality plays than any other nineteenth-century American dramatist, but he also helped to develop a native playwriting profession, especially through his efforts on the 1856 Dramatic Authors' Bill. Although many consider his Francesca da Rimini the best American drama of the century, Boker has been largely ignored in the twentieth century. This study, which explores his achievement in the context of his times, argues for his reconsideration.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820422480
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/01/1994
Series:
Artists and Issues in the Theatre Series, #3
Pages:
204

Meet the Author

The Author: Thomas M. Kitts is an assistant professor of English at St. John's University, N.Y. In addition to articles on American Literature, he is the author of Gypsies, his most recently produced play.

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