By Amnon Kabatchnik
The historical past of theater is rife with stories of crime, suspense, and homicide. The 19th century was once no exception. striking hallmarks of transgression drama in this century integrated the creation of the melodrama, the 1st American musical, the debut of level detectives, and the emergence of a number of hit performs concentrating on real-life murderers (including the notorious Sweeney Todd).
In Blood at the level, 1800 to 1900: Milestone performs of homicide, secret, and Mayhem, Amnon Kabatchnik completes his seven-volume exploration of theater’s darkest works with an outline of greater than fifty blood-splattered performs of the 19th century. one of the performs mentioned listed here are many literary diversifications, together with theatrical types of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, East Lynne, Lady Audley's Secret, The lady in White, Frankenstein, and a number of that includes Sherlock Holmes appearances. some of the era’s such a lot awesome playwrights are represented right here, together with Émile Zola, Honoré de Balzac, Wilkie Collins, Anna Katharine eco-friendly, and William Gillette, in addition to performs by way of authors higher recognized for his or her different works, together with Victor Hugo, Alexandre Dumas, Père, Charles Dickens, Leo Tolstoy, and Robert Louis Stevenson.
This quantity cites works by way of writers from worldwide, together with England, eire, Scotland, France, Germany, Russia, Norway, and the U.S.. each one access is gifted chronologically and contains plot synopsis, construction info, critiques by means of critics and students, and biographical sketches of playwrights and key actors. Blood at the level, 1800 to 1900 will be of curiosity to theater students, researchers, and theater fans alike.