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Theater of the Mind: Imagination, Aesthetics, and American Radio Drama Paperback – Jul 11 2012

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"Theater of the Mind does more to reanimate the study of radio forms and structures - indeed, of sound art in general - than any work published in recent memory. Neil Verma's exploration of audio narratives and sonic techniques during radio drama's heyday opens up a vast body of creative work that has been shut off from serious contemplation for decades. It is an important intervention in the growing field of sound studies, not to be missed." (Michele Hilmes, University of Wisconsin - Madison)"

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Neil Verma is a Harper Fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts and a Collegiate Assistant Professor in the Humanities at the University of Chicago.



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Theater of the Mind a great book to read Dec 25 2013
By R. Swain - Published on
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Neil Verma has written a comprehensive account of the history of the Golden Age of Radio with revealing detail. Anyone who is interested in the fascinating history of radio drama before television and block-buster movies began to mesmerize audiences will love this well-researched account. As an early radio history buff, I found many new facts that I wasn't aware of on this subject. The illustrations and charts that the author includes helps to show that radio's golden era can be subdivided into periods of time based upon what was happening in American society and the world in general. I found Theater of the Mind (and "from the mind" and "for the mind" as the author explains) a fascinating read.
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Great insight, but a little too academic at times Aug. 16 2013
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As a longtime fan of old radio shows, I was thrilled to come across this book. There's plenty of books on the history of radio, but I've had trouble finding any writing on the topic that addresses it seriously as an artform. Verma's book really digs deep, examining the evolution of radio storytelling in an intelligent and well-argued way, filled with specific examples that have changed the way I hear some of my favorite programs. At times it can be a bit too academic, but overall I found it to be a compelling read.