A Fool's Errand, 1881 Civil War Drama, Steele MacKaye and Albion W. Tourgee, Published 1969
A Fool's Errand, 1969, a 1881 drama by Steele MacKaye and Albion W. Tourgee, depicts Civil War era attitudes on Carpetbaggers, Bigotry, Civil Rights and Liberalism.
A Fool's Errand, a four act play first produced in American theaters in October of 1881 and published in 1969 for the first time, is based upon a novel written in 1879 by Tourgee (1838-1905) and dramatized by MacKaye (1842-1894) and Tourgee.
The play/novel tells the dramatic story of a Carpetbagger's struggle as he arrives in the South to follow a philosophy of equality and pacifism. At this time in history, so soon after the Civil War, both novel and play were frequently compared to Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel. MacKaye, actor and theater manager, brought as much of the current audience's enthusiasm for melodrama to the play as possible, but his effort never achieved the stature of Stowe's novel and subsequent dramatization.
This vintage copy, first publication, first edition, includes a fine introduction by Dean H. Keller, the text of the drama, the original cast list, passages from the novel, a list of letters and documents and several reviews of the original productions in 1881.
The hardcover book, 194 pages and measuring 5 1/2 inches by 3/4 inches by 8 1/2 inches has strong in binding and is clean and unmarked except for a half dozen numbers and words in very small letters on the back flyleaf.