Synopses & Reviews
A fresh, revealing look at American drama between the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. This collection of eight plays introduces readers to an important and neglected area of American literature. English professor Jeffrey Richards points out how these "melodramas" offer insights into our cultural history and also embody themes and styles still echoed today.
This unique volume includes eight early dramas that mirror American literary, social, and cultural history: Royall TylersThe Contrast(1789); William Dunlap'sAndre(1798); James Nelson Barker'sThe Indian Princess(1808); Robert Montgomery Bird'sThe Gladiator(1831); William Henry Smith'sThe Drunkard(1844); Anna Cora Mowatt'sFashion(1845); George Aiken'sUncle Tom's Cabin(1852); and Dion Boucicault'sThe Octoroon(1859).
For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust theseries to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-datetranslations by award-winning translators."
Table of Contents
Early American Drama Acknowledgments
Introduction by Jeffrey H. Richards
Suggestions for Further Reading
A Note on the Texts
The Contrast (1787) by Royall Tyler
André (1798) by William Dunlap
The Indian Princess (1808) by James Nelson Barker
The Gladiator (1831) by Robert Montgomery Bird
The Drunkard (1844) by William Henry Smith
Fashion (1845) by Anna Cora Mowatt
Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852) by George L. Aiken
The Octoroon (1859) by Dion Boucicault
Explanatory and Textual Notes