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Theatre, Culture and Temperance Reform in Nineteenth-Century America


  • 19 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 272 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.4 kg
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 (ISBN-13: 9780521072205)

  • Also available in Hardback
  • Published August 2008

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John Frick examines the role of temperance drama in the overall scheme of American nineteenth-century theatre, using examples from mainstream productions and amateur theatricals. Nineteenth-century America witnessed a major movement against alcohol consumption when the temperance cause became one of national concern. As part of the temperance movement, a new genre of theatrical literature and performance developed, professional as well as amateur, to help publicize its beliefs. Frick also compares the American genre to its British counterpart.


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.


"Frick continues the incredible run of quality work emanating from the Cambridge series... Essential for all libraries specializing in the history of the American theater and popular culture." Choice

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