"The subject is fascinating and so are some of Mr. Butsch's ideas..." Edward Rothstein, New York Times
"This is certainly a scholarly work, but its appealing style will draw a wide range of readers with an interest in the many facets of entertainment." Carol J. Binkowski, Library Journal
"Recommended for upper-division and graduate students and faculty." Choice
"One of the book's strengths is its breath...This ambitious book will be of interest to historians seeking to place audiences in a broad context...Most readers will be rewarded by his ability to organize diverse strands of interdisciplinary literature, neatly arranged in a sizable bibliography, into a coheasive history of the complex and changing nature of leisure audiences." Journal of American History
"The subject is fascinating and so are some of Butsch's ideas." Rocky Mountain News
"...Meticulously researched and lucidly presented, The Making of American Audiences is, to date, the definitive history of its subject matter." Canadian Journal of Communication
"Butsch brings substantial research and intelligence to his broad task." American Studies 2001
Scott (theater, Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst; The Commedia Dell'Arte in Paris 1644-1697) sees Moli re's life through a web of documented information, much gossip, rumor and innuendo, and some loose inferences. In the first biography of Moli re in English since 1930, she threads her way gracefully and wittily through this tangle of information to build up a credible portrait of the playwright. She begins with a chapter in which she argues for the validity of imagination in the craft of biography, then proceeds to reinforce her argument throughout the rest of her book. Scott spends much time on Moli re's historical context, relationships, economic and political life, and artistic struggles and develops an excellent portrait of his theater and the state of drama in his time. But she is best on his plays and on understanding them as extensions of his life, providing a full discussion of their development, performances, and reception. Highly recommended.--Thomas E. Luddy, Salem State Coll., MA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.