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The Roots of African American Drama: An Anthology of Early Plays, 1858-1938 (African American Life)

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Manufacturer: Wayne State University Press
Publisher: Wayne State University Press

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Product Description:
Binding: Hardcover
Brand: Brand: Wayne State University Press
EAN: 9780814321416
Edition: First Edition
Feature: Used Book in Good Condition
ISBN: 0814321410
Label: Wayne State University Press
Languages: Array
Manufacturer: Wayne State University Press
Number Of Items: 1
Number Of Pages: 456
Publication Date: 1990-12-01
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
Release Date: 1990-12-01
Studio: Wayne State University Press
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Editorial Review:

While many historically significant or interesting plays by white playwrights are easily found in anthologies, few by early African American writers are equally accessible. Indeed until the 1970s, almost none of these early plays could be located
outside of a library.

The Roots of African American Drama fills this gap. Five of the thirteen scripts included here have never been in print, and only three
others are presently available anywhere. The plays represent a variety of styles-allegory, naturalism, realism, melodrama, musical comedy, and opera. Four are full length,
eight are one-acts, and one is a skit. Their subjects include slavery, share-cropping, World War I, vaudeville, religion, and legend and mythology.

In making their selections, the editors used a variety of criteria to insure each play is dramatically sound and historically important.
They also searched for those scripts that were unjustly consigned to obscurity. Each selection begins with headnotes that place it in its historical and cultural context. Biographic information and a bibliography
of other plays follow each script, providing readers with added sources for study.


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