Stage, Page, Scandals, and Vandals: William E. Burton and Nineteenth-Century American Theatre (Theater in the Americas)
David L. RinearISBN: 0809325721;
Book DescriptionIn this first modern book-length biography of native Englander William E. Burton, theatre historian David L. Rinear explores Burton?s diary, letters, published reviews, and various reminiscences to reveal the tumultuous personal and professional lives of the mid-nineteenth-century actor/manager and his role in American literary history. Stage, Page, Scandals, and Vandals: William E. Burton and Nineteenth-Century American Theatre also provides insight into the cultural and artistic climate of an early period in American history when the country was still forming a national identity. Burton fled England in 1834 and came to America in the wake of a public scandal caused by his marriage to a sixteen-year-old orphan. Burton was thenalready married with a ten-year-old son. Settling in Philadelphia, the thirty-two-year-old actor rapidly established himself in the city?s theatrical productions and quickly became an audience favorite. In 1837, while continuing...
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