Plays by Dion Boucicault by Peter ThomsonPlays by Dion Boucicault by Peter Thomson

Plays by Dion Boucicault

EditorPeter Thomson

Paperback | September 28, 1984

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Five plays by this virtuoso of the theatre have been gathered in one volume and given scholarly attention. Dion Boucicault, the most popular dramatist of the second half of the nineteenth century, was also one of the most prolific and representative. Irish in origin, he worked and wrote in England and America where for twenty years he led the touring circuit. His plays reflect the different theatrical traditions, Irish, English and American, in which he was a crucial figure. Two plays are published here for the first time this century, Used Up and Jessie Brown. The Shaughraun and The Octoroon are outstanding examples of melodrama; Old Heads and Young Hearts is one of the few notable nineteenth-century comedies. Peter Thomson's introduction assesses Boucicault's place in the nineteenth century in both England and America, and shows that his work cannot be ignored by any serious student of drama.
Dublin-born playwright of Huguenot extraction, Dion Boucicault (originally Boursiquot) attended University College in London and began his stage career as an actor in 1838. His first success as playwright came in 1841 with London Assurance. Thereafter, he wrote or adapted some 250 plays, including The Corsican Brothers (1852), The Poor...
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Title:Plays by Dion BoucicaultFormat:PaperbackDimensions:252 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.59 inPublished:September 28, 1984Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521283957

ISBN - 13:9780521283953

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Used Up; Old Heads and Young Hearts; Jessie Brown; The Octoroon; The Shaughraun.