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Early American Theatre from the Revolution to Thomas Jefferson
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  • 8 b/w illus. 5 tables
  • Page extent: 260 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.55 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 792/.0973/09033
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: PN2237 .N38 2003
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Theater--United States--History--18th century
    • American drama--18th century--History and criticism

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521825085 | ISBN-10: 0521825083)

  • Also available in Paperback
  • Published August 2003

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$144.00 (C)

Theater has often served as a touchstone for moments of political change or national definition and as a way of exploring cultural and ethnic identity. Heather Nathans examines its growth and influence in the development of the young American Republic--from the Revolution through the election of Thomas Jefferson in 1800. Unlike many works on early American theater, this book explores the lives and motives of the people working behind the scenes to establish a new national drama.


List of illustrations; List of tables; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Extravagance and dissipation; 2. Revolutionary transformations; 3. 'A democracy of glee'; 4. Butcher, baker, candlestick maker; 5. A commercial community; 6. Into the hands of the people; Epilogue: 'from an infant stage'; Tables; Notes; Bibliography; Index.


"...fascinating study..." --American Studies

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