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American and British Theatrical Biographies: An Index - American and British Theatrical Biographies (Hardback)
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American and British Theatrical Biographies: An Index - American and British Theatrical Biographies (Hardback)

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This volume enables users to quickly locate biographical information about more than 90,000 figures-both major and minor-who are or were connected with the American and British theatre. Each entry cites names (including stage names and pseudonyms), birth and death dates, nationality, and theatrical occupation, as well as sources containing more extensive biographical information.

Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 9780810882386
Number of pages: 1214
Weight: 3719 g
Dimensions: 286 x 216 x 88 mm
Edition: 2nd Edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
This revision and expansion of the 1979 edition amends previous inaccuracies and adds performers who have joined the theatrical world in the last 32 years. Wearing (English, emieritus, Univ. of Arizona; "The London Stage" series) opens with a nine-page listing of alphabetized source material, which is cited, by abbreviation, at the conclusion of each biographical listing. The contents are alphabetized by performer surname and each double-line entry details age (or, when known, birth and death dates) along with theatrical specialty and abbreviated source listings. VERDICT For performing arts collections, a quick-reference springboard to additional biography resources. * Library Journal *
Containing nearly double the number of entries and surveying more than twice the number of volumes than the original 1979 edition, this well-organized catalog for special collections provides an excellent starting point for anyone taking on the task of research in the history of the American and British theater. Works indexed include the Burns Mantle Best Plays series, the Theatre World yearbooks, the Who Was Who annuals, and numerous other published books. Individual full-length biographies are not cited. Although some of the sources surveyed are also available in e-book format (as this title is), the author has excluded Internet sources "for a variety of reasons, such as unreliability of content, existence, and accessibility." Each entry includes basic biographical information, including name (with cross-references to stage names and other pseudonyms), birth and death dates, nationality, occupation, and a code to the sources listed at the front of the first volume. The range of entries is wide, extending from the early days of theater to the present day. Since the focus is on performers "working in live theatre before paying audiences," film and television actors are excluded unless they have actually appeared onstage. Artists performing in other theatrical arenas, such as opera, dance, circus, music, and music halls, are included, as are critics and others in stage-related occupations. You might not want to "put your daughter on the stage," but you will want to put this title on the shelf if your library supports theater research and study. * Booklist *
Scholars seeking quick references to biographies of the important contributors in American and British theater, past and present, will welcome this two-volume set by Wearing (emer., English, Univ. of Arizona). The set is an expansion of Wearing's American and British Theatrical Biography: A Directory (CH, Jan'80). Covering some 130 scholarly theatrical resources, these volumes feature information on about 90,000 people. Cross-referencing is provided for those thespians who appeared under various names during their careers. The index also includes listings from ballet, opera, music, circus, and music halls for those who contributed to the theater world. This resource will be useful for universities with historical theater programs and for the hard-core theatrical scholar. Summing Up: Recommended. * CHOICE *
This is an exhaustive resource that attempts to provide biographical information on more than 90,000 individuals working in or connected with British and American theater. An update of the compiler's American and British Theatrical Biography: A Directory, with this edition Wearing has expanded the work and drawn on information from more than 130 sources and 500 volumes of work. Foreign-born actors that have made significant contributions to British and American theater are included as well. The author has been broad in his definition of "theater," allowing the work to cover ballet, opera, circus, and music halls. For each biographical entry the following is provided: name, birth and death date (if applicable), nationality, theatrical occupation, and codes to sources where more information can be found. This book will be useful in academic and public libraries where theater students, writers, and theater historians will have access to its many treasures. * American Reference Books Annual *

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