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"It Was Play or Starve"
Acting in the Nineteenth-Century American Popular Theatre
American popular entertainers in the nineteenth century faced physical hardships, prejudices, and cultural barriers. This book examines the fascinating world of these itinerant actors and their experiences with early showboats, frontier theater, minstrelsy, panorama exhibitions, and the circus. Admirable and not-so-admirable characters, who possessed equal amounts of pluck, courage, and naiveté, are contrasted popular cultural tastes.
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LC: 93-070629 PN
170 pp. 6 x 9
Paper $15.95 t
The cloth edition, ISBN 978-0-87972-586-0, is out of print.
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