SHAKESPEARE IN AMERICA by Esther Cloudman Dunn


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A Smith College professor shows ""how Shakespeare took the emphasis and accent of each succeeding era"" in America, from the 17th century on, and how he, in home, school and theatre, indicates the cultural growth of the country. A large slice of factual research, but valuable only for a limited audience, is this tracing of the 17th century existence of Shakespeare only in private libraries, then moral stigma is removed, the theatre brings him before a greater public, and magazines, libraries and lives of famous people, from the Revolutionary leaders to the New England philosopher of the 19th century show his influence, resulting in his eventually accepted position in school and college classrooms. She proves how he is ""the most delicate barometer of social and cultural history"" with a great deal of curio-anectoage of the various periods. Good reference, school and library addition.

Publisher: Macmillan