The Dramatic Work of Samuel Foote

The Dramatic Work of Samuel Foote

The Dramatic Work of Samuel Foote

The Dramatic Work of Samuel Foote

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The renewed interest in the drama of the eighteenth century calls attention to Samuel Foote, for his dramatic work has a unique part in the stage history of that period, and his striking personality still lives in the records of its men and women. References to him are abundant in books, periodicals, letters.

But since Forster's essay, written in the middle of the last century, there has been nothing of importance devoted exclusively to Foote except the life by Percy Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald's account covers his entire career in a lively and popular style. The present work attempts to extend that study, particularly by giving contemporary sources of information. The larger part of the material has been found in magazines and newspapers, pamphlets, memoirs, and published letters. Dates of stage productions are from the London dailies which printed the management's advertisements of forthcoming plays, the General Advertiser, the Public Advertiser, and the Gazetteer and New Daily Advertiser. Most of these were accessible in the library of Yale University. The numbers missing from the Yale files were consulted for me in the British Museum by Miss Constance White.

Quotations from all sources are given as in the originals without correction of spelling or of other errors, and without normalizing. In quoting from Foote's plays, I have sometimes omitted negligible words without notice, as on page 163, where I have thrown three speeches together.

For assistance in my work recognition is due most of all to Professor George H. Nettleton of Yale University. I wish to express my appreciation of the interest shown by the late Professor Albert S. Cook during the years when I was preparing the manuscript for publication, and my thanks to . . .

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