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History into Drama Sourcebook Symphonic Drama 1963 William Free, Charles Lower, The Lost Colony

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History into Drama  A Sourcebook on Symphonic Drama, 1963  by William Free and Charles Lower divides an analysis of Paul Green's The Lost Colony, 1937 into three parts:

(1) The full text of Paul Green's Symphonic Drama, The Lost Colony, which deals with Sir Walter Raleigh's 1587 colony on Roanoke Island off the coast of North Carolina;

(2) Representative criticism of The Lost Colony revealing the influences upon, the genre of, and the purpose of Green's outdoor historical drama; and

(3) The historical documents relevant to Green's creation of his outdoor theater.

The Mystery of Raleigh's Lost Colony on Roanoke Island, 1587, still fascinates through continuing productions of Paul Green's play.  Started in 1937, The Lost Colony still opens each year in Manteo, North Carolina.

The book is a 241 page paperback, measuring 5 1/4 inches by  9 inches by 1/2 inch with numerous illustrations and photographs. It is in fair to good condition with shelf wear, browned pages but a firm binding, no markings (other than a name on the flyleaf) or tears.

The editors of this book had in mind a college English text, but it is an impressive book for anyone interested in the current outdoor summer theater across the United States.

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