Performing Arts

There's Laughter in the Air! Radio's Top Comedians and Their Best Shows

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Jack Gaver and Jack Gaveranddave Stanley

There's Laughter in the Air takes readers on a sidesplitting romp through the world of old-time radio comedy. It gives a brief history of th…

Struggles and Triumphs, or Forty Years' of Recollections of P.T. Barnum, writte…

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P. T. Barnum

The 1873 edition of the autobiography of the founding genius of the "Greatest Show on Earth," P.T. (Phineas Taylor) Barnum. It d…

Screen Acting

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Mae Marsh

Silent film star, Mae Marsh, recounts her life as an actress in this publication, what she deems as being the answer to thousands of letters…

Coffee Break Collection 012 - The Performing Arts

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This is the twelfth collection of our "coffee break" series, involving public domain works that are between 3 and 15 minutes in le…

Buffalo Bill from Prairie to Palace

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John M. Burke

William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody is one of the legends of the American western frontier. As a teen he rode for the pony expr…

Life and Lillian Gish

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Albert Bigelow Paine

An authorized biography of Lillian Gish, the renowned silent film star known in her heyday as the First Lady of American Cinema. Albert Bige…

The Voice and Public Speaking

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John Poole Sandlands

I write for public speakers. I wish to take them into my confidence. I feel I can do them good. My object is to help them to speak with grea…

The Art of Story-Telling, with nearly half a hundred stories

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Julia Darrow Cowles

In preparing this book the author has sought to awaken a keener perception and a higher appreciation of the artistic and ethical value of st…

Biographical Notice Of Nicolo Paganini With An Analysis Of His Compositions And…

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Francois-Joseph Fetis

Niccolò (or Nicolò) Paganini (1782 – 1840) was an Italian violinist, violist, guitarist, and composer. He was the most celebra…

The Theory of the Theatre, and Other Principles of Dramatic Criticism

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Clayton Hamilton

A collection of essays by American critic Clayton Hamilton concerning theatre & dramatic practices, and the criticism thereof, from an e…

Autobiography of an Actress; or Eight Years on the Stage

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Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie

Anna Cora Mowatt was the author of the first Broadway comedy hit written by a woman. Her 1845 play “Fashion” is still performed today. She w…

The Cinema of Orson Welles

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Peter Bogdanovich

Acclaimed director Peter Bogdanovich (The Last Picture Show, Paper Moon) was, early in his career, a film critic. It was during this time t…

Studies in Stagecraft

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Clayton Hamilton

A companion piece to Hamilton's earlier work, The Theory of the Theatre. Where that volume dealt with the criticism of dramatic art in gener…

Problems of the Playwright

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Clayton Hamilton

A third volume of essays by American critic Clayton Hamilton, published as a companion piece to The Theory of the Theatre & Studies in S…

The Unmasking of Robert-Houdin

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Harry Houdini

This work is by Harry Houdini, and was an attempt, by him, to undermine the public reverence for the man regarded as the master of modern ma…

My Actor-Husband

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In presenting this autobiography to the public, the author feels it incumbent upon herself to impress upon her readers the fidelity and stri…

Shakespeare at the Globe, 1599-1609

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Bernard Beckerman

One of the most important pieces of Shakespearian scholarship to appear in several years, this brilliant work offers new perspectives on the…

The Seven Lively Arts

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Gilbert Seldes

“... But, beside those great men, there is a certain number of artists who have a distinct faculty of their own by which they convey to us a…

Behind the Footlights

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Ethel Brilliana Tweedie

In this collection of essays the author gives us an opportunity to peek into the mysterious life of the theatre; she recalls her numerous co…

Life of Liszt

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Ludwig Nohl

The Hungarian virtuoso pianist and composer, Franz Liszt (1811 – 1886), is still regarded as one of the greatest classical musicians of all …

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