AMERICA'S PLAYERS by Robert E. and David H. Semmes Gard

AMERICA'S PLAYERS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

From the Hallam family (they could shoot their dinner from the dressing room window) to Howard Lindsay, this follows some American and visiting theater-people without drama or cohesion. Puritan anti-theater bias originally thwarted ""exhibitions,"" but by the early nineteenth century theatrical personalities began to emerge and elicit popular support: P.T. Barnum (with Tom Thumb and Jenny Lind), the Booth family, William Mac-ready and Edwin Forrest (they feuded for publicity), actors, promoters, producer-managers. Twentieth century personalities include Thomas Dickinson (the Wisconsin Idea) and Howard Lindsay only. Too restricted for research purposes, and the anecdotes are rarely entertaining.

Pub Date: Oct. 26th, 1967
Publisher: Seabury