The Man Who Was Rip Van Winkle: Joseph Jefferson And Nineteenth-Century American Theatre

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The Man Who Was Rip Van Winkle: Joseph Jefferson and Nineteenth-Century American Theatre

The most beloved American comedic actor of the nineteenth century, Joseph Jefferson made his name as Washington Irving’s Rip Van Winkle. In this book, a compelling blend of biography and theatrical and cultural history, Benjamin McArthur chronicles Jefferson’s remarkable career and offers a lively and original account of the heroic age of the American theatre.  Joe Jefferson’s entire life was spent on the stage, from the age of Jackson to the dawn of motion pictures. He extensively toured the United States as well as Australia and Great Britain. An ever-successful career (including acclaim as painter and memoirist) put him in the company of the great actors, artists, and writers of the day, including Edwin Forrest, Edwin Booth, John Singer Sargent, and William Dean Howells.  This book rescues a brilliant figure and places him, appropriately enough, on center stage of a pivotal time for American theatre. McArthur explores the personalities of the period, the changing theatrical styles and their audiences, the touring life, and the wide and varied culture of theatre. Through the life of Jefferson, McArthur is able to illuminate an era.

Specifications of The Man Who Was Rip Van Winkle: Joseph Jefferson and Nineteenth-Century American Theatre

GENERAL
AuthorBenjamin McArthur
BindingHardcover
LanguageEnglish
EditionFirst Edition
ISBN-100300122322
ISBN-139780300122329
PublisherYale University Press
Number Of Pages464
Publication Date2007-10-24
DIMENSIONS
Height9.25 inch.
Length6.13 inch.
Width1.34 inch.
Weight1.7 pounds.

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