By Alma J. Bennett
Whereas the heritage of yankee theatre has been extensively documented, the historical past of its girl reviewers has been mostly missed. This ebook seeks to right that oversight by means of exploring the position of the good woman American critics, thereby increasing their canonical prestige. The anthology presents a quick description of the women's lives, their operating stipulations, samples in their writing, and aiding analyses. For a few readers, it will be a primary come upon with ladies who need to be represented within the American theatre in their instances and well-known for his or her contributions to the improvement of dramatic thought and feedback.
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This is a Blunder and an Absurdity, of which Shakespear in Justice ought not to be thought capable, and as he hath turned quite anew the Story contained in the old paltry Book of Dorastus and Fawnia, changing most of the main Circumstances, and all the Names of the Persons; it is probable he removed this Impropriety, and placed the Scene in Bithynia, which the Ignorance and Negligence of the ﬁrst Transcribers, or Printers, might corrupt and bring back again to Bohemia, by a less Variation in the Letters than they have been guilty of in numberless other Places of this Work.
11 From 1796 to 1803, Murray seems to have written nothing for publication. The poor health of her husband, John Murray, and the harsh criticism of her plays led to her turning to other labors. By 1809, her husband’s health was broken, so Judith set to work ﬁnishing the collection of his sermons and letters and had them published as Letters and Sketches of Sermons. John Murray died on September 3, 1815, and, as a tribute to him, Judith completed the biography he had begun in 1773 but never ﬁnished.
The drama is as much an art as literature, painting, sculpture, architecture, music. It has done noble work according to this critic’s own statements, and therefore is most foully insulted by being ranged beside the most insidious of vices. 12 48 19th-Century Critics Field ends this column by suggesting that if theatres were endowed as colleges were, they might be free from popular tastes and whims; therefore, the theatre’s beneﬁt to public morals and art would be beyond measure. ” This article, published in the Atlantic Monthly, took the form of a conversation between two characters, both of whom express Field’s views on theatre and criticism.
American Women Theatre Critics: Biographies and Selected Writings of Twelve Reviewers, 1753-1919 by Alma J. Bennett