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History of the Theatre (9th Edition) [Hardcover]

Oscar G. Brockett , Franklin J. Hildy
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July 16 2002 0205358780 978-0205358786 9

The Ninth Edition retains all of the traditional features that have made History of the Theatre a classic for over thirty years, including over 530 photos and illustrations, useful maps, and the expertise of Oscar Brockett, one of the most widely respected theatre historians in the field. Franklin J. Hildy contributes his scholarship and experience throughout the book and, in particular, to a discussion of English Theatre/Shakespeare (Ch. 5). Reorganized with more uniform chapter lengths and a clearer chronology, the ninth edition continues to provide the most thorough and accurate assessment of theatre history available. For anyone involved with, or interested in, the theatre.


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The Ninth Edition retains all of the traditional features that have made History of the Theatre a classic for over thirty years, including over 530 photos and illustrations, useful maps, and the expertise of Oscar Brockett, one of the most widely respected theatre historians in the field. Franklin J. Hildy contributes his scholarship and experience throughout the book and, in particular, to a discussion of English Theatre/Shakespeare (Ch. 5). Reorganized with more uniform chapter lengths and a clearer chronology, the ninth edition continues to provide the most thorough and accurate assessment of theatre history available. For anyone involved with, or interested in, the theatre.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, Oscar Brockett is God Feb. 18 2000
Format:Hardcover
I had the pleasure of being Brock's student for three years at the University of Texas. The book is phenomenal, easy to read and amazingly complete. The History of the Theatre experience should also be augmented by the opportunity to hear Brockett speak. He is erudite, funny, a lively teacher and an incredible intellect. There is no other book to serve as a reference and introduction to theatre history. No other book and no other teacher so expertly and informatively makes you realize the interweaving of theatre and society throughout its long history. IMHO, Brockett should write the history not just of theatre but of everything. His non-didactic, straight-forward and lively prose would make any work of history or criticism on any subject a delight.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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As a former student of Franklin J. Hildy's, and a reader of the Brockett text for several theater courses, I must highly recommend this book to anyone seeking a detailed, yet expansive, overview of the history of the theatrical arts throughout the world. Dr. Hildy's passion for and knowledge of the subject matter is rivaled by none and the complete scope of this project would have daunted many editors less competent to undertake such a task. A great reference text as well as course material. I often find mine useful in day-to-day queries as well as research on period and scenic styles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oscar Brockett is God. Sept. 17 1999
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Format:Hardcover
No other theatrical historian today commands the respect and authority that Oscar Brockett receives, and "The History of the Theatre" is his master work. As complete a guide to theatre history as any on the market, this book abounds with illustrations, maps, and helpful details. When you want ideas about theatre history, find an article. When you want facts and answers, consult the Brockett. A "must have" for any true scholar of the theatre.
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4.0 out of 5 stars dry, but good Nov. 5 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Having taken a course that required reading the book I can safely say that it is dry in some sections of history due to the "PC" nature of it's telling. But it's mostly an interesting resource and reference book for theatre buffs and history buffs alike.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, Oscar Brockett is God Feb. 18 2000
By Jason Groce - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I had the pleasure of being Brock's student for three years at the University of Texas. The book is phenomenal, easy to read and amazingly complete. The History of the Theatre experience should also be augmented by the opportunity to hear Brockett speak. He is erudite, funny, a lively teacher and an incredible intellect. There is no other book to serve as a reference and introduction to theatre history. No other book and no other teacher so expertly and informatively makes you realize the interweaving of theatre and society throughout its long history. IMHO, Brockett should write the history not just of theatre but of everything. His non-didactic, straight-forward and lively prose would make any work of history or criticism on any subject a delight.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the lot April 4 2011
By Grover Smittle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Quite simply the best comprehensive theatre history text available. In every new edition, Brock reviewed every word on every page, incorporating new research, new theories, and new opinions. He never just "tacked on" a new chapter every couple of years. The good doctor is careful to separate fact from speculation, and often includes alternate interpretations of the historical record.

As other reviewers have noted, this text is best accompanied by Dr. Brockett's lively lectures. Unfortunately, since his death last year this is impossible. I found during my time at UT that Brock was a careful scholar, interesting lecturer, and outstanding mentor.

Buy this book! It puts the others in my theatre history collection (Molinari, et al.) to shame.
9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent and Thorough Text Under Great Editorship Jan. 25 2000
By Book Addict - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
As a former student of Franklin J. Hildy's, and a reader of the Brockett text for several theater courses, I must highly recommend this book to anyone seeking a detailed, yet expansive, overview of the history of the theatrical arts throughout the world. Dr. Hildy's passion for and knowledge of the subject matter is rivaled by none and the complete scope of this project would have daunted many editors less competent to undertake such a task. A great reference text as well as course material. I often find mine useful in day-to-day queries as well as research on period and scenic styles.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Theatre History Textbook Aug. 10 2013
By Kameron Lineback - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I used this book for my first theater history class (origins-1800 theatre) and I was fairly impressed with what I have read in the book, it covers a great deal of actors styles and stagecraft involved in all the history a very detailed book, if you use it for a textbook it is probably the best one out there
5.0 out of 5 stars Only Book in Theatre History Feb. 21 2013
By Matthew - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Chances are if you are reading this you are either a student or just very interested in Theatre History. If you don't know this... THIS IS THE ONLY BOOK IN THEATRE HISTORY TAKEN SERIOUSLY... you can use another book for other ideas, but you aren't serious if use something other than Brockett for your primary text.
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