Publisher description for The portable theater : American literature & the nineteenth-century stage / Alan L. Ackerman, Jr.

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In The Portable Theater, Alan Ackerman investigates the crucial importance of theater in the works of Walt Whitman, Herman Melville, William Dean Howells, Louisa May Alcott, and Henry James. Whether as drama critics, playwrights, amateur actors, or simply as avid theater goers, each of these authors thought deeply about the theater and represented it in literature.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: American literature 19th century History and criticism, Theater United States History 19th century