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A Player and a Gentleman: The Diary of Harry Watkins, Nineteenth-Century U.S. American Actor Hardcover – October 9, 2018

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“Provides unique insight into the antebellum world of U.S. theater and society, offering a richly illuminating window into the granular realities and day-to-day dealings of a committed life as a stage actor and sometime stage manager and playwright in this era… a valuable resource for scholars and students of U.S. theatrical and social history.”
—Kim Marra, University of Iowa

“Creating the print and digital editions of this remarkable diary has been a prodigious effort, and the payoff is ample. Watkins gives us a voice from behind the curtain, a day-to-day account of what it meant to grind out a living through talent and cunning in the mid-nineteenth-century theatre. The editors have created a volume of immediate interest to theatre historians that will also be engaging and accessible to general readers.”
—Laura Mielke, University of Kansas

"A Player and a Gentleman is a book to be read straight through. Positioned between its 1938 forebear and the new uncorrected digital version of the Watkins diary, it makes a unique contribution to scholarship on American theatre. This book will undoubtedly become a necessary stop for both theatre scholars and general tourists interested in traveling through nineteenth-century life."
-- Theatre Survey
-- Shauna Vey, New York City College of Technology, CUNY, Theatre Survey

About the Author

Amy E. Hughes is Associate Professor of Theater, Brooklyn College, CUNY.
Naomi J. Stubbs is Associate Professor of English, LaGuardia Community College, CUNY.

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