The only comprehensive book that has appeared on this largely neglected subject. The book encompasses all areas of theatre activity, taking into consideration the past influences of the minstrel shows, burlesque and the silent movies. Starting with Edwin Forrest, the author discusses individual talents, their own particular fortes and weaknesses and subsequent influence and imitators. There is also a run-down of technique and outstanding roles. Further influences divided the artform into a variety of schools--the classic, emotional, personality and, of course, the Method, which predominates today. It's a complete portrait of our theatrical landscape from the first curtain up...from Booth to Brando...on stage and screen.