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Theatre, Culture and Temperance Reform in Nineteenth-Century America


Part of Cambridge Studies in American Theatre and Drama

  • Date Published: August 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521072205

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  • Nineteenth-century America witnessed a full-blown campaign against alcohol and, for most of the century, temperance reform was a national cause. As an integral part of the various temperance movements, a new form of theatrical literature and performance developed, both professional and amateur, to help spread the message. John Frick examines the role of temperance drama in the overall scheme of American nineteenth-century theatre, taking examples from both mainstream productions and amateur theatricals. Frick also compares the American genre to its British counterpart.

    • First examination of the temperance movement and its wide-reaching influence on theatre in America
    • Also explores its counterparts in temperance theatre in Victorian Britain
    • Includes valuable and informative illustrations and appendix
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    • Date Published: August 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521072205
    • length: 272 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • contains: 19 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    Introduction: A complex causality of neglect
    1. 'He drank from the poisoned cup': temperance reform in nineteenth-century America
    2. 'Nine-tenths of all kindness …': literature, the theatre, and the spirit of reform
    3. 'Every odium within one word': early American temperance drama and British prototypes
    4. Reform comes to Broadway: temperance on America's mainstream stages
    5. 'In the halls': Temperance entertainments following the Civil War
    6. Epilogue: 'Theatrical 'Dry Rot'?': or what price the anti-saloon league?
    Appendix: nineteenth-century temperance plays

  • Author

    John W. Frick, University of Virginia
    John W. Frick is Associate Professor of Drama at the University of Virginia. He is author of New York's First Theatrical Center: The Rialto at Union Square, co-editor of The Directory of Historic American Theatres and Theatrical Directors: A Biographical Dictionary and is a contributing author to The Cambridge History of American Theatre (1999). He has published numerous articles and reviews in, among others, The Drama Review, Theatre Journal, The Journal of American Drama and Theatre and The New England Theatre Journal. He has worked Off-Off Broadway as a dramaturg and as a stage manager with theatre and dance companies in New York.

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