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The Cowboy and The Lady: A Comedy in Three Acts (Original Photographs)
     

The Cowboy and The Lady: A Comedy in Three Acts (Original Photographs)

by Clyde Fitch
 

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This comedy is about life in a small western town. The play opens with Midge's (a thinly disguised Annie Oakley) father just having been hanged. The book is especially interesting because it contains photographs of some of the scenes. Printing photographs in the early 1900s could not possibly have been inexpensive. This would be a great play for high school, college,

Overview

This comedy is about life in a small western town. The play opens with Midge's (a thinly disguised Annie Oakley) father just having been hanged. The book is especially interesting because it contains photographs of some of the scenes. Printing photographs in the early 1900s could not possibly have been inexpensive. This would be a great play for high school, college, or community theatre groups to perform.

As a high-def scan of the original, 1908, book, no changes have been made to either the photographs or the text.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940014349956
Publisher:
New York & London: Samuel French Publishers (1908)
Publication date:
05/23/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
6 MB

Meet the Author

Clyde Fitch (1865-1909) was an american dramatist. Born William Clyde Fitch at Elmira, New York, he wrote over 60 plays, 36 of them original, which varied from social comedies and farces to melodrama and historical dramas.

As the only child to live to adulthood, his father, Captain William G. Fitch, encouraged him to become an architect or to engage in a career of business, but his mother, Alice Clark, in whose eyes he could do no wrong, always believed in his talent. She would hire the architectural firm of Hunt & Hunt to design the sarcophagus set inside an open Tuscan temple for his final resting place at Woodlawn Cemetery in Bronx, New York. Fitch graduated from Amherst College in 1886, where he was a member of Chi Psi Fraternity.

He was the first American playwright to publish his plays. His first work of note was Beau Brummell (1890), a major work set in the English Regency which became a showcase for actor Richard Mansfield (1857–1907), who would play the title role for the rest of his life. His 1892 play Masked Ball (an adaption from Alexandre Bisson's Le Veglione) would be the first time that Charles Frohman put Maude Adams opposite John Drew Jr. which led to many future successes.

He is remembered particularly for his works such as Nathan Hale (1898), The Climbers (1901), The Girl with the Green Eyes (which ran 108 performances at the Savoy Theatre in 1902, and starred Robert Drouet as John Austin), The Woman In the Case, (which also starred Drouet and ran 89 performances at the Herald Square Theatre in 1905),The Truth (1907) and The City (1909). His works were popular on both sides of the Atlantic. His play based on the heroine of John Greenleaf Whittier's poem Barbara Frietchie met with mixed reviews in 1899 because of the romance he added to the tale, but it would be successfully revived a number of times.

His career spanned a brief two decades, but he earned upwards of $250,000 from his plays at a time when a dollar a day was the working wage. He directed a few of his plays and was closely involved in the production of them all. Working with Edith Wharton he wrote and directed the stage adaptation of The House of Mirth in 1906. He was the first American playwright to be taken seriously and at one time managed to have five plays running simultaneously on Broadway.

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