Bronson Howard - Dean of American Dramatists

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Between 1842 and 1908, Bronson Howard wrote 27 plays which appeared under 39 different titles, and had opening nights in New York, London, and Berlin. By the 1890s, Howard was recognized both here and abroad as the Dean of American Dramatists. This study is both historical biography and critical analysis of the literature, concluding with an attempt to place his work in critical perspective both in terms of his own era and ours. In addition to his best-known play, the often-anthologized Civil War spectacle Shenandoah, it examines his other works such as Saratoga, Young Mrs. Winthrop, One of Our Girls, and The Henrietta.

Table of Contents

Table of contents: Howard’s Era; Early Years in Detroit; Fantine; Early Years in New York; Saratoga; Breaking In; Diamonds; Selling Plays; Moorcroft; Early Years in London; Ivers Dean; Breaking Early Ties; Hurricanes and Old Love Letters; Banker’s Daughter; Success and its Problems; Wives; Marriage and Personal Life; Baron Rudolph; Greenroom Fun; Brander Matthews; Young Mrs. Winthrop; Methods of Play Construction; One of Our Girls and Met By Chance; The Autobiography of a Play; The Henrietta; Sources for Stories and Characters; Shenandoah; Aristocracy; The American Dramatic Club; Peter Stuyvesant; Kate; Death; Conclusion; Appendix; Bibliography; Index

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