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Living Theatre: History Of Theatre
by Edwin Wilson
(co-authored with Alvin Goldfarb, 6th Edition, Kindle Edition)
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About Edwin Wilson
“Ed Wilson attended Vanderbilt, the University of Edinburgh, and Yale University where he received the first Doctor of Fine Arts degree awarded by Yale. He has taught at Vanderbilt, Yale, Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Most recently he has been Executive Director of the Segal Theatre Center at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is the author or co-author of three of the most widely used college theater textbooks in the U. S. The tenth edition of his pioneer book, The Theater Experience was published in 2006 by McGraw-Hill. The sixth edition of his text Theater: The Lively Art (co-authored with Alvin Goldfarb) will be published by McGraw Hill in theDecember, 2006. The fourth edition of his theater history, Living Theatre: Histories of Theatre, (also co-authored with Alvin Goldfarb) will be published in December, 2006. He is also the editor of Shaw on Shakespeare, recently re-issued by Applause Books.
He has produced plays on and off Broadway and served one season as the resident director of the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia. He also produced a feature film, The Nashville Sound, recently made available on DVD. He is the author of two original plays, a farce, The Bettinger Prize, and a play about Ponce de Leon, Waterfall. He wrote the book and lyrics for a musical version of Great Expectations. All three have been given a series of successful readings in New York City and elsewhere. Great Expectations was given a full production for three weeks in February and March, 2006, at the Mill Mountain Theatre in Roanoke, Virginia. He conceived the idea of a musical revue of the songs of Jerome Kern which had a well-received try-out production in the fall of 2004 at Catholic University in Washington, D. C. Ed has served a number of times on the Tony Nominating Committee and the Pulitzer Prize Drama Jury, most recently on the Pulitzer Jury in 2003. For twenty two years he was the theater critic of the Wall Street Journal. A long time member of the New York Drama Critics Circle, he was president of the Circle for several years. He is on the board of the John Golden Fund and was also for many years on the Board of the Theater Development Fund, of which he served as President.”
“Living Theatre: History Of Theatre conveys the excitement and variety of theatre throughout time as well as the dynamic ways in which our interpretation of theatre history is informed by contemporary scholarship.This edition opens with “Theatre: Its Origins and Its History” which establishes a contemporary context for the study of theatre. Biographical sketches in each chapter bring theatre history to life through the stories of the people who lived that history. Developments in theatre are examined through the debates between scholars and historians emphasizing the living nature of this vibrant history. A full-color illustration program includes over 100 new photos and revised timelines. New sections on postmodern theatre and non-text-based theatre expand coverage of global theatre throughout the book. Living Theatre sets each period in context through an exploration of the social political and economic conditions of the day creating a vivid study of the developments in theatre during that time.”
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Music In American Life: An Encyclopedia Of The Songs, Styles, Stars, And Stories That Shaped Our Culture
by Jacqueline Edmondson, Ph.D., Editor
(4 volumes, Kindle Edition)
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A fascinating exploration of the relationship between American culture and music as defined by musicians, scholars, and critics from around the world.
“Music is an essential component of contemporary American popular culture. This new resource sets out to define and explain this synergistic conjunction and its historic roots. The bulk of the set consists of 500 alphabetically arranged entries devoted to vocalists, songwriters, genres, instruments, and places. These are augmented by a time line of American music, a general bibliography, and a discography of collected works by genre.Opening the set to any page yields an engaging set of subjects. For example, S entries include not only artists Paul Simon and Britney Spears but also the popular children’s writer Shel Silverstein, who wrote “A Boy Named Sue,” popularized by Johnny Cash. These entries are complemented by others on a wide variety of topics, such as Silence in music (largely devoted to John Cage); Siblings in American music (including faux-sibling bands like the Ramones, Doobie Brothers, and White Stripes); Southern rock; Sex and sexuality in the music industry; and Sports and music (with a special emphasis on Super Bowl halftime musical performances). There are black-and-white photographs throughout, and each volume contains the set table of contents, an alphabetical list of entries, a “Guide to Related Topics,” and an index.Those purchasing this book will be pleased to discover the valuable information provided. For example, there is a fine summary of the history of American theater, including Native American music, minstrel shows, and Tin Pan Alley. It is brief but informative and likely a helpful starting point for someone seeking background information. The “Further Reading” list provides a springboard for more research. Librarians will want to hand-sell this set, as many users are more likely to pursue such information on the Internet rather than go through the trouble of seeking out a resource like this one, as helpful as it is. This resource is still entertaining, useful, and recommended particularly for high-school and public libraries.” -Michael Tosko
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