Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History
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Thomas Hamblin and the Bowery Theatre

The New York Reign of "Blood and Thunder” Melodramas

Authors: Bogar, Thomas A.

  • Represents the first-ever critical biography of Thomas Hamblin
  • Provides a wealth of information on nineteenth American theatre history
  • Draws upon a wide array of research resources
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About this book

This book recounts the personal and professional life of Thomas Souness Hamblin (1800-1853), Shakespearean actor and Bowery Theatre manager. Primarily responsible for the popularity of “blood and thunder” melodramas with working class audiences in New York City, Hamblin discovered, trained and promoted many young actors and, especially, actresses who later became famous in their own right. He also epitomized the “sporting man” of mid-nineteenth century life, conducting a scandalous series of affairs and visits to Manhattan brothels, which cost him his marriage to Elizabeth Blanchard Hamblin (1799-1849) and made him the brunt of moralist, religious and journalistic crusades, notably that of James Gordon Bennett’s New York Herald. His machinations and perseverance through trying challenges, including several destructions of the Bowery Theatre by fire, extensive financial and legal complications, and the untimely deaths of several young protégées, earned him equal measures of admiration and opprobrium.

About the authors

Thomas A. Bogar taught theatre history, dramatic literature, and theatrical production for forty years. He holds a Ph.D. in theatre history, literature and criticism from Louisiana State University, USA. He is the author of Backstage at the Lincoln Assassination, American Presidents Attend the Theatre and a biography of actor-manager John E. Owens. He is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships, and served as a judge for Washington’s Helen Hayes Theatre Awards. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Bogar, Thomas A.

    Pages 1-7

  • “He Is Yet Very Young, Both in Years and Practice”

    Bogar, Thomas A.

    Pages 9-29

  • “Let Those Who View This Sad Example Know/What Fate Attends the Broken Marriage Vow”

    Bogar, Thomas A.

    Pages 31-55

  • “We Girls Always Patronize the Bowery”

    Bogar, Thomas A.

    Pages 57-82

  • “Throw Not the Pearl of Shakespeare’s Wit Before the Swine of the Bowery Pit”

    Bogar, Thomas A.

    Pages 83-109

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Hardcover 103,99 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Thomas Hamblin and the Bowery Theatre
Book Subtitle
The New York Reign of "Blood and Thunder” Melodramas
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Theatre and Performance History
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-68406-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-68406-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-68405-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-88597-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 301
Number of Illustrations
6 b/w illustrations
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