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History of theatre
Grant, Neil
Adult Nonfiction PN2101 .G73 2002

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A professional writer and historian, Grant (Scottish Clans and Tartans, etc.) provides a brief history of world theater, from the earliest times to the present. While he emphasizes Western traditions, he also provides glimpses of other cultures, including those of India, Southeast Asia, China, and Japan. Also covered are related performing arts, such as ballet, opera, and puppet theater, which are discussed in light of their relationship with, and effects upon, Western theater. Grant's analysis includes a mixture of literary, archaeological, and historical evidence, and his metaphorical prose provides a pleasurable and insightful discussion of theater in a social context. The result is an oversized tome that has the appearance of an attractive, quality coffee-table book meant for browsing. There is nothing new here for theater collections with any substantial encyclopedia of world theater, but the more than 150 illustrations, including photographs, portraits, paintings, and historical playbills, are a real treat. Laura A. Ewald, Murray State Univ. Lib., KY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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