"Stephens's scholarship is outstanding, and his style is urbane and witty. His book is a delight to read." Albion
"From its lucid introduction to its excellent indexes, this is a fine addition to literary scholarship and history." Magill's Literary Annual
"...Stephens has produced another will-researched, well-sritten book on the Victorian stage." John W. Stedman, Victorian Periodicals Review
This book examines the working world of the playwright in nineteenth-century Britain. In this fascinating account, Stephens offers a perspective on the playwright's growing professional status, and uncovers information on earnings, relationships with actors, managers and publishers, and the struggle for copyright reform. Among the authors discussed are Planche, Fitzball, Boucicault, Pinero, Grundy, Gilbert, Jones and Shaw.