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Historical Dictionaries of Literature and the Arts #3: Historical Dictionary of American Radio Soap Operas

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The dictionary section, made up of more than 500 cross-referenced entries, provides brief vignettes of the more popular and also less well-known soaps, among them Back Stage Wife, Our Gal Sunday, Pepper Young's Family and The Guiding Light. Other entries evoke those who brought these programs to life: the actors, announcers, scriptwriters, networks, and even the sponsors. Nor are the basic themes, the stock characters and the gimmick, forgotten. The book's introduction defines the soap opera, examines the span of the radio serial, reviews its origins and its demise, and focuses on the character types that made up its denizens. The chronology outlines the period and the bibliography offers further reading. Together, these elements make a comprehensive reference work that researchers will find invaluable long into the future.

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The precursor to today's television soap operas, the radio soap opera enjoyed popularity in the U.S. from 1925 to 1960. Cox offers a reference text containing some 450 alphabetically-arranged entries including vignettes of the serials themselves; prominent individuals connected with their success; sponsors, advertising agencies, ratings services, and associated professional organizations; and other related topics that shed light on the aura and mystique of the genre. Also included are a chronology outlining the period, an introductory essay on the genre, an extensive bibliography, and a selection of b&w photographs of major radio soap stars. Cox has published eight books on American radio; he is a member of eight vintage radio clubs and regularly attends old-time radio conventions.
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

The precursor to today's television soap operas, the radio soap opera enjoyed popularity in the U.S. from 1925 to 1960. Cox offers a reference text containing some 450 alphabetically-arranged entries including vignettes of the serials themselves; prominent individuals connected with their success; sponsors, advertising agencies, ratings services, and associated professional organizations; and other related topics that shed light on the aura and mystique of the genre. Also included are a chronology outlining the period, an introductory essay on the genre, an extensive bibliography, and a selection of b&w photographs of major radio soap stars. Cox has published eight books on American radio; he is a member of eight vintage radio clubs and regularly attends old-time radio conventions. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780810853232
Author:
Cox, Jim
Publisher:
Scarecrow Press
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Television - General
Subject:
Radio - History & Criticism
Subject:
Soap operas
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
Radio soap operas - United States -
Subject:
Communications-Radio
Series:
Historical Dictionaries of Literature and the Arts
Series Volume:
3
Publication Date:
20051131
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
292
Dimensions:
8.28x5.76x.87 in. 1.71 lbs.

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