Early American Drama

Early American Drama

Editor: Jeffrey H. Richards

Additional Formats
  • Ebook
  • ISBN 9781101177211
  • 560 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult


This unique volume includes eight early dramas that mirror American literary, social, and cultural history: Royall Tylers The Contrast (1789); William Dunlap’sAndre (1798); James Nelson Barker’s The Indian Princess (1808); Robert Montgomery Bird’s The Gladiator (1831); William Henry Smith’s The Drunkard(1844); Anna Cora Mowatt’s Fashion (1845); George Aiken’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin(1852); and Dion Boucicault’s The Octoroon (1859).

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Table of Contents

Early American DramaAcknowledgments
Introduction by Jeffrey H. Richards
Suggestions for Further Reading
A Note on the Texts

The Contrast (1787) by Royall Tyler
André (1798) by William Dunlap
The Indian Princess (1808) by James Nelson Barker
The Gladiator (1831) by Robert Montgomery Bird
The Drunkard (1844) by William Henry Smith
Fashion (1845) by Anna Cora Mowatt
Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852) by George L. Aiken
The Octoroon (1859) by Dion Boucicault

Explanatory and Textual Notes

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