By John Russell Stephens

This is often the 1st booklet to envision the operating international of the playwright in nineteenth-century Britain. It used to be usually a dicy and financially doubtful career, but the magic of the theater attracted authors from commonly various backgrounds--journalists, legal professionals, churchmen, civil servants, printers, and actors, in addition to favourite poets and novelists. In a desirable account of the frustrations and the rewards of dramatic authorship, Stephens uncovers clean details at the playwright's profits, relationships with actors, managers, publishers, and viewers, and provides a brand new viewpoint on his becoming prestige as a qualified. additional chapters concentrate on the fight for copyright reform and the complexities of dramatic publishing. plenty of significant and minor authors are mentioned, between them Planché, Fitzball, Boucicault, Pinero, Grundy, Gilbert, Jones, and Shaw.

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