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The History Of The English Puppet Theatre

Speaight, George

ISBN 10: 0809316064 / ISBN 13: 9780809316069
Published by Southern Illinois University Press, 1990
Used Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Dust Jacket in Very Good condition. ; 0.88 x 8.5 x 5.38 Inches; 368 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 43964

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Title: The History Of The English Puppet Theatre

Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: Second Edition

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A welcome reissue, revised and updated, of the classic work on the English puppet theatre, this detailed and lavishly illustrated book, first published in 1955, shows why puppet theatre in England developed along different lines from that on the Continent, and brings the story up to the television age.

In 1938, at the age of 24, George Speaight left his job as a bookseller and went to work as a farmhand at Pigotts, the family settlement of Eric Gill and his group of artist-craftsworkers in Buckinghamshire. While there, Speaight decided to write a history of Punch and Judy. The project grew, and during the Second World War he spent his nights working in the Auxiliary Fire Service and his days at the British Museum Reading Room researching Punch and puppets. This book is the result of all his research.

About the Author:

George Speaight has also written books on the toy theatre, clowns, the circus, and the collection of theatrical memorabilia. He is a past chairman of the Society for Theatre Research, a vice-president of the British Puppet and Model Theatre Guild, and a member of honor of the Union Internationale de Ia Marionnette.

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