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Thomas Hamblin and the Bowery Theatre : The New York Reign of "Blood and Thunder" Melodramas (Hardcover)

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This book recounts the personal and professional life of Thomas Souness Hamblin (1800-1853), Shakespearean actor and Bowery Theatre manager. Primarily responsible for the popularity of “blood and thunder” melodramas with working class audiences in New York City, Hamblin discovered, trained and promoted many young actors and, especially, actresses who later became famous in their own right. He also epitomized the “sporting man” of mid-nineteenth century life, conducting a scandalous series of affairs and visits to Manhattan brothels, which cost him his marriage to Elizabeth Blanchard Hamblin (1799-1849) and made him the brunt of moralist, religious and journalistic crusades, notably that of James Gordon Bennett’s New York Herald. His machinations and perseverance through trying challenges, including several destructions of the Bowery Theatre by fire, extensive financial and legal complications, and the untimely deaths of several young protégées, earned him equal measures of admiration and opprobrium.
Number of Pages: 301
Genre: Performing Arts, Biography + Autobiography
Series Title: Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Author: Thomas A. Bogar
Language: English
Street Date: January 12, 2018
TCIN: 53232933
UPC: 9783319684055
Item Number (DPCI): 248-57-4109
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