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American Playwrights, 1880-1945: A Research and Production Sourcebook

American Playwrights, 1880-1945: A Research and Production Sourcebook

by William W. Demastes

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Overview

During the years 1880 to 1945, American theatre grew up, moving from entertainment-driven motives and melodramatic formulas to serious confrontations with issues of its time and to an experimentation with forms that would allow those confrontations to be frank and earnest. Many of the playwrights of this time wrote works of lasting significance, while others have impacted the work of contemporary dramatists. This reference is a guide to American theatre during this formative period.

The volume includes alphabetically arranged entries for 40 American playwrights active between 1880 and 1945. Included are the most frequently canonized figures, as well as previously neglected women and minority playwrights whose work is a vital part of American theatre history. Each entry includes a biographical overview, a summary of the critical reception of major productions and significant revivals, a critical assessment of the playwright's career, and a listing of archival, primary, and secondary bibliographic material.



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ISBN-13: 9780313286384
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/07/1994
Pages: 512
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 1.13(d)

About the Author

WILLIAM W. DEMATES is Associate Professor of English at Louisiana State University. His many articles have appeared in Modern Drama, Comparative Drama, Theatre Journal, Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, New Theatre Quarterly, and Studies in American Drama, 1945-Present. His books include Clifford Odets: A Research and Production Sourcebook (1991), and Beyond Naturalism: A New Realism in the American Theatre (1989), both published by Greenwood Press.

Table of Contents

Preface by William W. Demastes

Zoë Akins (1886-1958) by Susan Koprince

Maxwell Anderson (1888-1959) by Barbara Horn

Philip Barry (1896-1949) by Tony J. Stafford

S(amuel). N(athan). Behrman (1893-1973) by Robert Gross

David Belasco (1853-1931) by Dawn Dietrich

Rachel Crothers (1878-1958) by Colette Lindroth

Clyde Fitch (1865-1909) by Kim Marra

Zona Gale (1874-1938) by Jan Balakian

William Hooker Gillette (1853-1937) by Lue Morgan Douthit

Susan Keating Glaspell (1876-1948) by J. Ellen Gainor

Paul Green (1894-1981) by Mary Maddock

Lillian Hellman (1906-1984) by Janet Haedicke

James A. Herne (1839-1901) by Weldon B. Durham

Abram Hill (1910-1986) by Addell Austin Anderson

Bronson Crocker Howard (1842-1908) by Maarten Reilingh

Sidney Howard (1891-1939) by Arthur Gewirtz

William Dean Howells (1837-1920) by Julie Bates Dock

Langston Hughes (1902-1967) by Granger Babcock

Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960) by John Lowe

Henry James (1843-1916) by Jackie Tucker

Georgia Douglas Johnson (1880-1966) by Addell Austin Anderson

George S. Kauffman (1889-1961) by Paul Rosefeldt

George Kelly (1887-1974) by Mark A. Graves

Sidney Kingsley (1906-) by Michael L. Counts

John Howard Lawson (1894-1977) by Michael C. O'Neill

Claire Booth Luce (1903-1987) by Mark Fearnow

Percy MacKaye (1875-1956) by Susan Proctor

Langdon Mitchell (1862-1935) by Laura Shea

William Vaughan Moody (1869-1910) by Lincoln Konkle

Clifford Odets (1906-1963) by William Demastes

Eugene Gladstone O'Neill (1888-1953) by Margaret Loftus Ranald

Elmer Rice (1892-1967) by Michael Vanden Heuvel

William Saroyan (1908-1981) by Pamela Monaco

Irwin Shaw (1913-1984) by Walter Placzek

Edward Sheldon by Lawrence Jasper

Robert E. Sherwood (1896-1955) by Richard Wattenberg

Gertrude Stein (1874-1946) by Mark Fearnow

Augustus Thomas (1857-1934) by Jane Seay Haspel

Sophie Treadwell (1885-1970) by Tonia Steed

Thornton Wilder (1897-1975) by Christopher J. Wheatley

Percy MacKaye (1875-1956) by Susan Proctor

Langdon Mitchell (1862-1935) by Laura Shea

William Vaughan Moody (1869-1910) by Lincoln Konkle

Clifford Odets (1906-1963) by William Demastes

Eugene Gladstone O'Neill (1888-1953) by Margaret Loftus Ranald

Elmer Rice (1892-1967) by Michael Vanden Heuvel

William Saroyan (1908-1981) by Pamela Monaco

Irwin Shaw (1913-1984) by Walter Placzek

Edward Sheldon by Lawrence Jasper

Robert E. Sherwood (1896-1955) by Richard Wattenberg

Gertrude Stein (1874-1946) by Mark Fearnow

Augustus Thomas (1857-1934) by Jane Seay Haspel

Sophie Treadwell (1885-1970) by Tonia Steed

Thornton Wilder (1897-1975) by Christopher J. Wheatley

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