By Alma J. Bennett
Whereas the background of yank theatre has been broadly documented, the heritage of its woman reviewers has been commonly missed. This e-book seeks to right that oversight through exploring the position of the nice woman American critics, thereby increasing their canonical prestige. The anthology offers a quick description of the women's lives, their operating stipulations, samples in their writing, and aiding analyses. For a few readers, this can be a primary come upon with girls who need to be represented within the American theatre in their occasions and famous for his or her contributions to the advance of dramatic thought and feedback.
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As yet, Field had no standards by which to judge performances except her own exuberance; however, her comments about Salvini as Othello hint at her preferences. She reports Salvini “is superb, ... very tall, handsome, and a superior tragedian”(91). But what makes an actor a superior tragedian she does not say. In the winter of 1860, Field was no longer writing for the Courier. ” These letters, plus her reviews of novels and poetry read while in Europe, contain the seeds of Field’s later, more mature criticism.
From The Gleaner, vol. 1, essay no. XXIV, page 224. Leaning on morals when the Drama moves, Friendly to virtue when the vision proves — Lessons adopting form’d to mend the heart, Truths meliorated, potent to impart; Her splendid ﬁctions wisdom will embrace, And all her scenic paths enraptur’d trace. The various parterres, not putting forth their promising buds, in many sections, in this our country, looks with a very favorable aspect upon a man of my profession; and I cannot but hope, that in the occupation of a Gleaner, I shall be able to cull many a fragrant ﬂower, wherewith to compose a bouquet, that may throw an agreeable perfume over the leisure hours of the sentimental speculator.
Warren, have never yet passed in review before an American audience. Was the American taste decidedly in favour of native worth, the superintendents of the Drama would ﬁnd it for their interest to cherish indigenous abilities, and the inﬂuence of patronage would invigorate and rear to maturity the now drooping plant. To the celebrity of Mrs. Warren, it is beyond the power of the Gleaner 2 • Judith Sargent Murray [1751–1820] 39 to add: Yet, accustoming himself to join issue with those who yield the palm to genius, he is constrained to say, that her excellent tragedies abound with the pathetic, the beautiful, and the sublime, and that they apparently possess sufﬁcient scenic merit and variety of situation to bestow those artiﬁcial advantages which are necessary to insure their stage effect.
American Women Theatre Critics: Biographies and Selected Writings of Twelve Reviewers, 1753-1919 by Alma J. Bennett