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Before phonographs and relocating photos, reside performances ruled American well known leisure. Carnivals, circuses, dioramas, magicians, mechanical marvels, musicians, and theatrical troupes―all visited rural fairgrounds, small-town opera homes, and big-city palaces round the kingdom, giving hundreds of thousands of individuals an break out from their daily lives for a dime or 1 / 4. In From touring convey to Vaudeville, Robert M. Lewis has assembled a notable number of 19th- and early twentieth-century basic assets that rfile America's age of theatrical spectacle. In 8 elements, Lewis explores, in flip, dime museums, minstrelsy, circuses, melodramas, burlesque exhibits, Wild West indicates, entertainment parks, and vaudeville.

Included during this compendium are biographies, courses, ephemera produced by way of theatrical marketers to trap audiences to their exhibits, images, scripts, and music lyrics in addition to newspaper money owed, reports, and interviews with such figures as P. T. Barnum and Buffalo invoice Cody. Lewis additionally supplies us memories approximately and reactions to varied indicates through individuals of audiences, together with such renowned writers as Mark Twain, William Dean Howells, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Carl Sandburg, Walt Whitman, Louisa might Alcott, Charles Dickens, O. Henry, and Maxim Gorky. every one part additionally encompasses a concise creation that locations the style of spectacle into its ancient and cultural context and indicates significant interpretive subject matters. The publication closes with a bibliographic essay that identifies proper scholarly works.

Many of the items amassed right here haven't been released considering their first visual appeal, making From touring exhibit to Vaudeville an imperative source for historians of pop culture, theater, and nineteenth-century American society.

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