2: The Cambridge History of American Theatre (Volume 2)

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Volume Two begins in the post-Civil War period and traces the development of American theater up to 1945. It discusses the role of vaudeville, European influences, the rise of the Little Theater movement, changing audiences, modernism, the Federal Theater movement, major actors and the rise of the star system, and the achievements of notable playwrights. This volume places American theater in its social, economic, and political context.

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Volume Two begins in the post-Civil War period and traces the development of American theatre up to 1945. It discusses the role of vaudeville, European influences, the rise of the Little Theatre movement, changing audiences, modernism, the Federal Theatre movement, major actors and the rise of the star system, and the achievements of notable playwrights.

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Don B. Wilmeth is Emeritus Professor of Theater and English at Brown University.

Don B. Wilmeth is Emeritus Professor of Theater and English at Brown University.

Christopher Bigsby is Professor of American Studies at the University of East Anglia. A fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Society of Arts, he is an award-winning academic, novelist and biographer and has published more than forty books, including six novels. His first novel, Hester (1995), won the McKitterick Prize and Beautiful Dreamer (2002) was an American Library Association Notable Book. With Don Wilmeth, he won the Bernard Hewitt Award for Outstanding Research in Theatre History and the George Freedley Jury Award for The Cambridge History of American Theatre (1998 2000). His biography of Arthur Miller was shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Sheridan Morley Prize and the George Freedley Memorial Award and was co-winner of the American Studies Network Prize. The founding director of the Arthur Miller Centre for American Studies, he has presented its International Literary Festival for twenty years. For many years he was a presenter of programmes for BBC radio ranging from Radio 4's Kaleidoscope and Off the Page through to World Service's Meridian.

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