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CROSBY'S OPERA HOUSE

Cropsey, Eugene H.

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ISBN 10: 0838638228 / ISBN 13: 9780838638224
Published by Fairleigh Dickinson University Press February 1, 2000, USA, 2000
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8vo. VG/VG. lightly sunned tan spine with black titling, adjacent illustrated jacket, framed in thick black, between contrast titling on rosy beige and black segments. edgewear is minor. basic black clothbound HB with gold stamped tilting upon spine, adjacent boards very good. includes 29 titled illustrations. minor grayish smudge on fore-edge, else exterior clean. 452 pp. ISBN# 0838638228. Rockville. Bookseller Inventory # 7-35-1263875

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Title: CROSBY'S OPERA HOUSE

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press February 1, 2000, USA

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: US Printing.

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This book chronicles the existence of the city's first great opera house. It is also the story of Albert and Uranus Crosby, who migrated from Cape Cod to Chicago, where they made their fortunes and later sacrificed it all in their efforts to bring a new cultural enlightenment to their adopted city. The advent of Crosby's Opera House and the labors of its founders caused a cultural awakening so profound that it unquestionably set the stage for Chicago's later becoming one of America's great cultural centers.

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"Through his evocative prose and wide-ranging research, E. H. Cropsey has recreated one of the most fascinating yet overlooked periods in the cultural evolvement of the Midwest: the rise and fall of Crosby's Opera House, the majestic Chicago theater that once threatened the supremacy of New York City's operatic palaces. The mercurial story of the theater and its founder, industrialist-entrepreneur Uranus Crosby (the 'Beau Brummel' of Chicago, as he was once described) is interwoven with the history of Reconstruction-era Chicago--an era which Cropsey captures in a book that reads like a well-crafted novel." JAMES A. DRAKE, Award-Winning Author and Music Biographer

"As a descendant of Albert Crosby, Cropsey has produced a scholarly work, drawn lovingly and compassionately, but with the wrinkles painted in for all to see. The book is crisply written, with a fine sense of style. Descriptions are vivid, particularly the cha! pter dealing with the great Chicago fire. We are there, we can smell the smoke, hear the crackle of the flames, see the desperation in the streets. Anecdotes abound throughout and quotations from contemporary newspaper reviews give each chapter an air of immediacy. Cropsey has given us a book that clearly fills a void in the available literature." VICTOR RANGEL-RIBEIRO, Noted Author and Musicologist

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