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History of the Theatre (9th Edition) Hardcover – Jul 16 2002

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  • Hardcover: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 9 edition (July 16 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205358780
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205358786
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 3.1 x 28.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #473,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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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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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By A Customer on Sept. 17 1999
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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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By A Customer on Nov. 5 2001
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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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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9ec9b900) out of 5 stars 27 reviews
22 of 29 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ecb6708) 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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ecb675c) 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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ecb6b94) out of 5 stars Great overview, especially for high school students July 8 2008
By John Camera - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Having used the larger, fuller Brockett and Hildy's "History of the Theatre" for college students, I find the Foundation Edition especially good for high school students interested in theatre in general but who are not majoring in theatre. The Foundation Edition is shorter, more concise, yet retains the structure and essential discussions as the larger edition.
9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ecb6f54) 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.
HASH(0x9ecba054) out of 5 stars The BEST. May 20 2015
By Sar C - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Hands down the BEST theatre history textbook EVER WRITTEN. Brockett is a legend in the world of theatre studies. The textbook is very informative- sometimes so much that it can seem overwhelming. But the narrative element is strong in this text and Brockett weaves together the time periods covered very well so that you not only get facts but a story of the history of theatre. The sections on Asian theatre, African theatre and theatre of the New World sort of have the feeling of an afterthought, which I hope future editions will improve upon (unfortunately, this is not unusual for theatre history textbooks and Brockett's text does handle it much better than others!). I would highly recommend for not only undergraduates but graduate students who are reviewing for comprehensive exams (that's why I purchased it!). This book is one that you will want to keep on your shelf. It is expensive, but it's worth it.


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