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The fourth volume in the Stage by Stage series, this scholarly but accessible bookwritten in clear compelling prosebrings to life the many worlds of the Baroque period.
The fourth volume of the Stage by Stage series fills a gap in the history of theateruntil now there has never been a wide ranging study of theatre in the Age of Baroque, the exciting period from the last decades of the 17th century to the early years of the 19th. Here is a graphic, broad, yet closely studied account of what happened on stage above the sputtering, smoky footlightsa mere two rows of candlesand behind the scenes; who were the leading playwrights and performers, composers and singers, choreographers and dancers, some of whom were deemed immortal, and others once famed, then forgotten, but now restored to their rightful places. Wide in scope, it is packed with tales of a host of kings and players, crafty cardinals and opprobrious bishops, tormented dramatists and joyful dancers.
About the Author
Philip Freund is a novelist, poet, documentary film writer, and playwright as well as essayist, literary critic, and anthropologist. He is a Professor Emeritus of Fordham University, New York, and he has taught and lectured on drama and related subjects at other universities.