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Author Watkins, Harry, 1825-1894, author

Title A player and a gentleman : the diary of Harry Watkins, nineteenth-century US American actor / edited by Amy E. Hughes and Naomi J. Stubbs
Published Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, 2018
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Description 1 online resource (vii, 341 pages)
Series Book collections on Project MUSE
Contents Introduction -- Harry Watkins (1825-1894): a chronology -- 1845-46 -- 1846-47 -- 1847-48 -- 1848-49 -- 1849-50 -- 1850-51 -- 1851-52 -- 1852-53 -- 1853-54 -- 1854-55 -- 1855-56 -- 1856-57 -- 1857-58 -- 1858-59 -- 1859-60 -- Index of people -- Index of play titles -- Index of subjects
Summary "Hardworking actor, playwright, and producer Harry Watkins (1825-94) was also a prolific diarist. For 15 years Watkins regularly recorded the plays he saw, the roles he performed, the books he read, and his impressions of current events. Performing across the U.S., Watkins collaborated with preeminent performers and producers, recording his successes and failures as well as his encounters with celebrities such as P. T. Barnum, Junius Brutus Booth, Edwin Forrest, Anna Cora Mowatt, and Lucy Stone. His is the only known diary of substance written by a U.S. actor before the Civil War--making Watkins, essentially, the antebellum equivalent of Samuel Pepys. Theater historians Amy E. Hughes and Naomi J. Stubbs have selected, edited, and annotated substantial excerpts from the diary in an edition that offers a vivid glimpse of how ordinary people like Watkins lived, loved, struggled, and triumphed during one of the most tumultuous periods in U.S. history. The selections in A Player and a Gentleman are drawn from a more expansive digital archive of the complete diary. The book, like its digital counterpart, will richly enhance our knowledge of antebellum theater culture and daily life in the U.S. during this period"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on September 13, 2018)
Subject Watkins, Harry, 1825-1894 -- Diaries.
Watkins, Harry, 1825-1894. Diares. Selections.
Actors -- United States -- Diaries.
Theater -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Genre/Form Diaries.
Form Electronic book
Author Hughes, Amy, editor
Stubbs, Naomi J., 1981- editor
LC no. 2018034554
ISBN 0472124064 (electronic bk.)
9780472124060 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles Diaries. Selections
Diary of Harry Watkins, nineteenth-century US American actor