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American Literary Studies

Nineteenth-Century British & American Drama

The Collection

A Microcard and Microfiche collection of over 6,000 plays produced in Britain and America during the nineteenth century. Genres included are serious plays, tragedies, historical dramas, parlor entertainments, comedies, comic operas, pantomimes, extravaganzas, satires, ballets, poetic dramas, amateur plays, black minstrel plays, adaptations of classical drama, melodrama and opera libretti.

The collection includes the eleven volume complete works of James M. Barrie and the five volume title, The Extravaganzas of James Robinson Planché. There are also major works by such playwrights as: Charles Kock, Maurice Maeterlinck, St. John Hankin, Edward Lytton, Mary Russell Mitford, and Thomas Chatterton.

Anthologies dealing with the theater are also included, such as the six volume work, The German Theatre, translated by Benjamin Thompson, the fourteen volume work, British Drama, A Collection of the Most Esteemed Dramatic Productions, published in 1817, and a three volume work, Japanese Noh Theatre, as well as English translations of foreign plays by such authors as Schiller, Strindberg, Ibsen, Hauptmann, Musset, Checkhov, and Hugo. The series includes Hugo’s four volume title, Dramas, and a number of William Schwenck Gilbert’s operas.

A large amount of dramatic literature is represented in the collection by such playwrights as: Joanna Baillie, Dion Boucicault, John Brougham, John Buckstone, Edward Fitzball, William Moncrieff, John Maddison Morton, Sir Arthur Pinero, Thomas Taylor, and George M. Baker.

Green Library cancelled its subscription after receipt of the 1974 annual group of plays on fiche.

Location: Green Library, Media-Microtexts

Call Number: MCARD 1002 (1964-1971), MFICHE 210 (1972-1974)

Size: 5,000 cards, 1,290 sheets

Access: Microcards and fiches are arranged alphabetically by main entry. Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Drama: A Selective Bibliography of English Language Works (Z2014 .D7 T5, IC, Green Library) serves as a guide to the plays on Microcard. The bibliography lists plays by main entry and indexes by title, subject, editors, joint authors, translators, pseudonyms, illustrators, and composers. At present, there is no guide to the plays on microfiche. Individual titles are not listed in Socrates.

Research Aids for Nineteenth-Century American Drama

Nineteenth-Century American Drama: A Finding Guide
Compiled By Don L. Hixon and Don A. Hennessee. Metuchen, N.J., Scarecrow Press, 1977. PS632 .H57, IC, Green Library.
An index to nineteenth-century American plays, including English and European works adapted by American editors or translators. The guide lists plays alphabetically by author and includes three additional appendices arranged by series, ethnicity of the cast, and subject/form.



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