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Author Jensen, Michael P., author.

Title The battle of the bard : Shakespeare on U.S. radio in 1937 / Michael P. Jensen
Published [Amsterdam] : Amsterdam University Press ; Leeds [England] : ARC Humanities Press, [2018]
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Description 1 online resource
Series Recreational Shakespeare
Recreational Shakespeare.
Contents Introduction : what was radio? -- Preliminary bouts : Shakespeare on American radio before the battle -- In this corner : streamlined Shakespeare -- And in that corner : the Columbia Shakespeare cycle -- And the winner is? Aftermath, afterlives, after shows, and alternative shows -- Afterword : a brief murky consideration of recreational Shakespeare as a concept in light of the battle, with some personal reflections
Summary Difficult as it is to imagine today, in 1937 America's two leading media companies fought over the right to perform Shakespeare for an American radio audience in an attempt to bring prestige to their networks. The resulting fourteen broadcasts are among the more remarkable recreations of Shakespeare of their time. This lively and engaging book shows the cultural dominance of radio in the 1930s, and tells the story of why the networks each wanted to lord Shakespeare's prestige over the other, how they put their series together, the critical reception, and the cultural impact and legacies of the broadcasts
Notes "Amsterdam University Press"--Cover
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on August 07, 2019)
Subject Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Audio adaptations -- History and criticism.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616.
Radio plays -- Social aspects -- United States
Radio adaptations.
United States.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1641890789