The Columbian Muse of Comedy

The Columbian Muse of Comedy

The Development of A Native Tradition in Early American Social Comedy, 1787-1845

Book - 1973
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This is the first book of its kind to examine early American theatre from the perspective of its place in American literature rather than from the medium of the stage. Centering its attention on the distinctly American qualities of theme, technique and, most impor­tantly, character, the book covers the sixty-year period of native theatre be­tween Royall Tyler’s The Contrast (1787) and Anna Cora Mowatt’s Fashion (1845). Of the 150 plays surveyed, Havens has chosen 15 representative plays for in-depth examination and analysis.

Publisher: Carbondale : Southern Illinois University Press, [1973]
ISBN: 9780809306091
Characteristics: 181 p. 24 cm


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