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Theatre, Culture and Temperance Reform in Nineteenth-Century America
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  • 19 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 272 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.57 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 792.097309034
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: PS338.T45 F75 2003
  • LC Subject headings:
    • American drama--19th century--History and criticism
    • Temperance in literature
    • Temperance--United States--History--19th century
    • Theater and society--United States--History--19th century

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521817783 | ISBN-10: 0521817781)

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


List of figures; Acknowledgements; 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; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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