Thomas Abthorpe Cooper

Thomas Abthorpe Cooper

by F. Arant Maginnes

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ISBN-13: 9780786419357
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 07/29/2004
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.49(d)

About the Author

Professor of theatre and English F. Arant Maginnes taught at Birmingham-Southern College, the University of Alabama, and George Washington University; and lives near Washington, D.C.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Acknowledgments vii

List of Illustrations xiii

Preface 1

Introduction 5



Part I

The Rise to Fame, 1775–1803


1. “This Wild Immeasurably Spread”—1800 9

2. British-Born—1775–88 21

3. “Aut Caesar aut Nihil”—1788–92 25

4. “The Die Is Cast”—1792–93 34

5. “My Fortune Smiles” 42

An Irish Benefit—1793 42

“Wretched Set of Mummers—1794 48

6. “A Young Gentleman” 55

Mr. Holcroft—1795 55

First Appearance—1795–96 59

7. The Wheel of Fortune—1796–98 71

8. The New House 84

The Park Debu—1798 84

André—1799 87

New Successes—1799 89

9. “Fame Is My Deity” 92

New York City—1799–1800 92

Philadelphia—1800–01 98

10. Rising Returns—1801–03 102



Part II

The American Star, 1803–1849


11. An American Indeed 111

Drury Lane—1803 111

The Provinces—1803–04 116

12. The United States’ Star 122

New York and Philadelphia—1804-05 122

Boston—1805–06 125

The South—1806–07 131

13. Yankee Ingenuity 137

Itinerant Star—1807–10 137

“This Glorious Son of York”—1810 145

“A Hearty Welcome”—1811–12 150

14. The American Roscius—1812–19 156

15. A Rival 165

A New Vogue—1819–20 165

“A Triumph to Cooper”—1820–21 171

16. A New Venue—1820–25 175

17. Turning Tide 181

An American Tragedian—1825–28 181

Success and Sorrow—1828–33 189

18. “The Father of the American Stage”—1833–36 196



Epilogue 1835–49 203

Chapter Notes 207

Bibliography 221

Index 229

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