The Profession of the Playwright: British Theatre, 1800-1900 by John Russell StephensThe Profession of the Playwright: British Theatre, 1800-1900 by John Russell Stephens

The Profession of the Playwright: British Theatre, 1800-1900

byJohn Russell Stephens

Paperback | December 14, 2006

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This is the first book to examine the working world of the playwright in nineteenth-century Britain. It was often a risky and financially uncertain profession, yet the magic of the theater attracted authors from widely different backgrounds--journalists, lawyers, churchmen, civil servants, printers, and actors, as well as prominent poets and novelists. In a fascinating account of the frustrations and the rewards of dramatic authorship, Stephens uncovers fresh information on the playwright's earnings, relationships with actors, managers, publishers, and audience, and offers a new perspective on his growing status as a professional. Further chapters focus on the struggle for copyright reform and the complexities of dramatic publishing. A large number of major and minor authors are discussed, among them Planché, Fitzball, Boucicault, Pinero, Grundy, Gilbert, Jones, and Shaw.
Title:The Profession of the Playwright: British Theatre, 1800-1900Format:PaperbackDimensions:276 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.63 inPublished:December 14, 2006Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521034434

ISBN - 13:9780521034432


Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; 1. The smell of lamps and orange peel; 2. 'A devil of a trade'; 3. The profit-sharing revolution; 4. Piracy and the defence of dramatic property; 5. Booksellers and dramatic publishing; 6. From wings to centre stage; 7. The new professionals; Appendixes; Notes; Bibliography; Index of plays and playwrights; General index.

Editorial Reviews

"...Stephens has produced another will-researched, well-sritten book on the Victorian stage." John W. Stedman, Victorian Periodicals Review