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Author Nemerov, Alexander.

Title Acting in the night : Macbeth and the places of the Civil War / Alexander Nemerov
Published Berkeley, Calif. : University of California Press, [2010]
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Description 1 online resource (299 pages) : illustrations
Contents Introduction: a drop that dyes the seas -- A stone's throw : Charlotte Cushman -- The flame of place : Abraham Lincoln -- The glass case : interior life in Washington, D.C. -- Acoustic shadows : the Battle of Bristoe Station -- Center of echoes : Castle Murray, Fauquier County, Virginia -- Ghosts : the death of Colonel Thomas Ruffin, October 17, 1863 -- Sound and fury : nature in Virginia
Summary What can the performance of a single play on one specific night tell us about the world this event inhabited so briefly? Alexander Nemerov takes a performance of Macbeth in Washington, DC on October 17, 1863--with Abraham Lincoln in attendance--to explore this question and illuminate American art, politics, technology, and life as it was being lived. Nemerov's inspiration is Wallace Stevens and his poem "Anecdote of the Jar," in which a single object organizes the wilderness around it in the consciousness of the poet. For Nemerov, that evening's performance of Macbeth reached across the tragedy
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-283) and index
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Subject Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Stage history -- United States.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Macbeth.
Theater and society -- Washington (D.C.) -- History -- 19th century.
Theater -- Washington (D.C.) -- History -- 19th century.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Social aspects.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Theater and the war.
Virginia -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Social aspects.
Virginia -- Social conditions -- 19th century.
Washington (D.C.) -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Social aspects.
Washington (D.C.) -- Social conditions -- 19th century.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2010008817
ISBN 0520947444 (electronic bk.)
9780520947443 (electronic bk.)