Notable Women in the American Theatre: A Biographical Dictionary

Hardcover | December 1, 1989

EditorAlice M. Robinson

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From Mrs. Lewis Hallam, the first known professional actress in America to outstanding women of the present era, this biographical dictionary alphabetically examines some 300 notable women who had distinguished careers in the American theatre. Not simply a list of names and activities, the volume--to the extent possible--narrates and evaluates the women's lives and accomplishments providing not only relevant biographical information and bibliographical materials but also describing the women's professional contributions. In representing the careers of theatre artists from actors, directors, and designers, to choreographers, managers, playwrights, educators, critics, variety performers, and agents, this first reference of its kind devoted exclusively to women also serves as a unique survey of the history of American theatre. Notable Women in the American Theatre documents the widespread activities of women in the American theatre. As many of them functioned in more than one capacity, one of the two appendixes lists names in the various professional categories. Each entry describes the pertinent facts of biography and contains a descriptive narrative relating to the individual's career with a special notation of her distinguished role in the American theatre. A bibliography of the featured woman, including sources to be found in books, magazines, and newspapers, is also part of the alphabetical entry. To aid readers and researchers, 2 separate appendixes contain listings by place of birth and by profession and collate the interrelatedness of the careers of many of the women. Compiled primarily as a reference for college and university libraries, the volume would be a useful supplement tocourses in women's studies, American studies, drama courses taught in English and theatre departments, courses in the history of the theatre, American history, and biography.

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From Mrs. Lewis Hallam, the first known professional actress in America to outstanding women of the present era, this biographical dictionary alphabetically examines some 300 notable women who had distinguished careers in the American theatre. Not simply a list of names and activities, the volume--to the extent possible--narrates and e...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:1008 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:December 1, 1989Publisher:GREENWOOD PRESS INC.

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ISBN - 10:0313272174

ISBN - 13:9780313272172

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?This work is particularly useful because it includes not only actresses, but women agents, critics, dancers, directors, managers, playwrights, designers, producers--professional women who have contributed to the growth and development of the American theater. The range includes Maude Adams, Lorraine Hansberry, and Gypsy Rose Lee. Some of the criteria for inclusion are that the biographee have been born in the US or have had major portions of her career in the US, that her achievements be significant, and that a pioneering or innovative quality have characterized her contributions. The entries (two to four pages) are signed (there are 181 contributors) and include brief bibliographies. There is a main index in addition to a listing by place of birth and a listing by profession. Many of the subjects also appear in volumes of Notable American Women (though the new work includes living as well as deceased women) and other biographical sources for either the theater or for women, but this is a convenient collection of women who are important in a variety of ways to the American theater. Recommended for theater collections and women's studies collections in both academic and public libraries.?-Choice