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Acting in the Night: Macbeth and the Places of the Civil War

Nemerov, Alexander

Published by University of California Press, 2010
ISBN 10: 0520251865 / ISBN 13: 9780520251861
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Title: Acting in the Night: Macbeth and the Places ...

Publisher: University of California Press

Publication Date: 2010

Binding: hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good In Dustjacket

Edition: 1st Edition.

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Berkeley. 2010. University of California Press. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 300 pages. 9/1/2010. hardcover. 9780520251861. keywords: Theater English Literature. inventory # 37909. FROM THE PUBLISHER - What can the performance of a single play on one specific night tell us about the world this event inhabited so briefly? Alexander Nemerov takes a performance of Macbeth in Washington, DC, on October 17, 1863— with Abraham Lincoln in attendance— to explore this question and illuminate American art, politics, technology, and life as it was being lived. Nemerov’s inspiration is Wallace Stevens and his poem Anecdote of the Jar, in which a single object organizes the wilderness around it in the consciousness of the poet. For Nemerov, that evening’s performance of Macbeth reached across the tragedy of civil war to acknowledge the horrors and emptiness of a world it tried and ultimately failed to change. An Ahmanson-Murphy Fine Arts Book 68 b/w photographs. Bookseller Inventory # 37909

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Synopsis: What can the performance of a single play on one specific night tell us about the world this event inhabited so briefly? Alexander Nemerov takes a performance of Macbeth in Washington, DC on October 17, 1863 - with Abraham Lincoln in attendance - to explore this question and illuminate American art, politics, technology, and life as it was being lived. Nemerov's inspiration is Wallace Stevens and his poem "Anecdote of the Jar", in which a single object organizes the wilderness around it in the consciousness of the poet. For Nemerov, that evening's performance of Macbeth reached across the tragedy of civil war to acknowledge the horrors and emptiness of a world it tried and ultimately failed to change.

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