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Representative Plays by American Dramatists 1765-1819   By: (1878-1934)

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First Page:

THE

CONTRAST,

A

COMEDY;

IN FIVE ACTS:

WRITTEN BY A

CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES ;

Performed with Applause at the Theatres in NEW YORK, PHILADELPHIA, and MARYLAND;

AND PUBLISHED ( under an Assignment of the Copy Right ) BY

THOMAS WIGNELL.

Primus ego in patriam Aonio deduxi vertice Musas.

VIRGIL.

( Imitated. )

First on our shores I try THALIA'S powers, And bid the laughing, useful Maid be ours.

PHILADELPHIA:

FROM THE PRESS OF PRICHARD & HALL, IN MARKET STREET, BETWEEN SECOND AND FRONT STREETS.

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FAC SIMILE TITLE PAGE OF THE FIRST EDITION

( From the Original, owned by Dr. F. W. Atkinson )]

Representative Plays by American Dramatists

Edited, with an Introduction to Each Play

By MONTROSE J. MOSES

1765 1819

Illustrated with Portraits, and Original Title Pages

BENJAMIN BLOM, INC.

New York

First published by E. P. Dutton & Co. Inc., 1918, Copyright renewed by Mrs. Leah H. Moses, 1946 Reissued by Benjamin Blom, Inc. 1964 by arrangement with Mrs. L. H. Moses.

Printed in U.S.A. by NOBLE OFFSET PRINTERS, INC. NEW YORK 3, N. Y.

To

DR. FRED W. ATKINSON

In grateful recollection of his encouragement and aid in the preparation of this volume.

Table of Contents

General Introduction. 1 10

Bibliographies. 11 18

The Prince of Parthia. By Thomas Godfrey, Jr. 1765 19 108

Ponteach; or, The Savages of America. By Robert Rogers . 1766 109 208

The Group; A Farce. By Mrs. Mercy Warren . 1775 209 232

The Battle of Bunkers Hill. By Hugh Henry Brackenridge . 1776 233 276

The Fall of British Tyranny; or, American Liberty. By John Leacock . 1776 277 350

The Politician Out witted. By Samuel Low . 1789 351 429

The Contrast. By Royall Tyler . 1790 431 498

André. By William Dunlap . 1798 499 564

The Indian Princess; or, La Belle Sauvage. By J. N. Barker . 1808 565 628

She Would Be a Soldier; or, The Plains of Chippewa. By M. M. Noah . 1819 629 678

INTRODUCTION

The present collection of "Representative Plays by American Dramatists" is the first of its kind to be offered to the general reader. In its scope, it covers a period from 1765 1911, and in its plan of selection, it strives to show the advance in playwriting during successive periods of American history.

Because of this scheme, the choice of plays for the Colonial and Revolutionary sections necessarily includes several which, while written for the stage, are not authentically located as far as production is concerned. There is no indication that Robert Rogers's "Ponteach" was ever accepted by any of the theatrical companies of the time, and there is no positive proof that Mrs. Mercy Warren's "The Group" was ever done, although there are casual references to the fact that performances were given at Amboyne. Nor have we any right to believe that Samuel Low's "The Politician Out witted" received other than scant treatment from the managers to whom it was submitted; it was published rather to please the readers of the closet drama. Nevertheless, it has been thought essential to include these plays because they are representative of the spirit of the times, and help to give a more comprehensive view of the subjects which were treated in dramatic form by the early American playwrights... Continue reading book >>




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