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The Provincetown Players and the Culture of Modernity
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  • Page extent: 304 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.61 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 792.0974492
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: n/a
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Provincetown Players
    • Theater--Massachusetts--Provincetown--History--20th century
    • Popular culture--United States--History--20th century

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521838528 | ISBN-10: 0521838525)

  • Also available in Paperback
  • Published January 2006

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$129.00 (C)

The Provincetown Players was a major cultural institution in Greenwich Village from 1916 to 1922, when American Modernism was conceived and developed. This study considers the group's vital role, and its wider significance in twentieth century American culture. Describing the varied and often contentious response to modernity among the Players, Brenda Murphy reveals the central contribution of the group of poets around Alfred Kreymborg's Others magazine, including William Carlos Williams, Wallace Stevens, Mina Loy and Djuna Barnes, and such modernist artists as Marguerite and William Zorach, Charles Demuth and Bror Nordfeldt, to the Players' developing modernist aesthetics.


Preface; 1. The founding: myth and history; 2. The first plays; 3. Others and the other players; 4. Glaspell and O'Neill; 5. The legacy.


“An engaging study of the intersections and divergences of ideas about modernism as they were developed and played out on the stages, in the plays and in the group dynamics of the Provincetown Players.” -- Choice

"For those unfamilia with the history of the Provincetown Players, Brenda Murphy's book is an excellent introduction, which she builds on the best of the scholarly work that has preceded her." -Lois Rudnick, American Studies

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