Thomas Abthorpe Cooper: America's Premier Tragedian

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Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press, 1996 - 362 pages
Cooper's career stretched through the terms of America's first eleven presidents, and during those years he toured from one end of the Union to the other, often driving from town to town in his own gig at the reins of a team of galloping horses hitched in tandem. Like a comet he traveled, as one of his contemporaries described it: north to Boston, south to New Orleans, across the frontier, and on to the burgeoning river towns along the banks of the Mississippi, keeping alive for the audiences to which he played, probably more than any other actor of his generation, the great classical plays of the English repertory.
 

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Contents

Much More than a Common Father
3
A False Start
12
A Strolling Player
21
Covent Garden
32
Enter Thomas Wignell
42
Aut Caesar Aut Nihil
46
The Park Theatre
58
The Conquering Hero Comes
64
A Place on the Stage Which No Man in England or America Is Yet Able to Fill
180
The Frontier
193
On the Crest of the Wave
202
A Stranger at Home
209
I Am Banished Home
219
A Magnificent Old Castle
224
The King Comes Here Tonight
238
Papa Looks So Much Happier
250

I Would Rather Reign in Hell
74
The Pencil of a Master
86
Mr Cooper at Drury Lane
95
Return to America
104
A Roscius of Superior Powers
112
Manager of the Park
122
Garrick Take the Chair
132
Partners with a King
138
Cookes Tour
147
Mary Fairlie
160
Last Seasons as Manager
165
The Blue Horse Affair
172
The Veteran
256
Alas He Is Old Now
263
Robert Tyler
271
Finale
280
Paterfamilias
284
Afterword
295
Chronology of the Repertoire of Thomas Abthorpe Cooper
299
Notes
309
Bibliography
341
Index
347
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