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English Theatrical Anecdotes, 1660-1800
edited by Heather Ladd and Leslie Ritchie
contributions by Seth Wilson, Elaine McGirr, Amanda Weldy Boyd, Danielle Bobker, Leslie Ritchie, Máire MacNeill, Heather Ladd, Chelsea Phillips, Nevena Martinovic, Michael Burden and Fiona Ritchie
University of Delaware Press, 2022
Paper: 978-1-64453-260-7 | Cloth: 978-1-64453-261-4 | eISBN: 978-1-64453-263-8

The essays in English Theatrical Anecdotes, 1660-1800 explore the theatrical anecdote’s role in the construction of stage fame in England’s emergent celebrity culture during the long eighteenth century, as well as the challenges of employing such anecdotes in theatre scholarship today. This collection showcases scholarship that complicates the theatrical anecdote and shows its many sides and applications beyond the expected comic punch. Discussing anecdotal narratives about theatre people as producing, maintaining, and sometimes toppling individual fame, this book crucially investigates a key mechanism of celebrity in the long eighteenth century that reaches into the nineteenth century and beyond. The anecdote erases boundaries between public and private and fictionalizing the individual in ways deeply familiar to twenty-first century celebrity culture.

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