American Vaudeville As Ritual, 1965 Albert F. McLean, Jr.
American Vaudeville As Ritual, 1965 by Albert F. McLean, Jr. analyses American Vaudeville and its performers as Symbolism, Folk Art and Ritual. A First edition with 18 photos this book provides a history of vaudeville circuits in America.
Using the methodology of Suzanne Langer, McLean examines this fascinating aspect of American theater from 1885 to 1930 when movies seduced the interests of entertainment seeking Americans. A great many of the early movie stars, playwrights and radio personalities started in vaudeville.
Everyone got on the vaudeville stage--comedians, magicians, skit performers, anyone in the news for personal exploits or sensations, Houdini, singers, dog trainers, dancers, etc. Now, a hundred years later, it has all gone!
This hardcover book with its dust jacket is in good vintage condition--firm binding, no tears, browned pages, a name on the flyleaf, a very few short lines in the margins plus ragged edges on the dust jacket. It measures 5 1/4 inches by 8 3/4 inches by 1 inch and has 250 pages.