Passionate Playgoer, 1958 Ed. George Oppenheimer
Passionate Playgoer A Personal Scrapbook, 1958, a hardcover First Edition edited by George Oppenheimer is a collection of 105 essays by the best and most popular critics and actors of the early 20th century commenting on the then current American theater.
The 105 chosen selections are organized as follows: The Curtain Rises, The Audience, Thomas Wolfe Goes to Harvard, The Actor, On the Road, The Playwright, Portrait of a Dancer, The Director, Interlude at the Hippodrome, The Producer, Lines on Shakespeare, The Composer and the Lyricist, The Theatre Goes to War, The Critic, The Curtain Falls.
Add to this array of opinions and thoughts about what was happening on the American stage of this period an equally exciting spread of 42 black and white photographs illustrating the stage performances just discussed.
The result is a 623 page book including an index and measuring 5 1/2 inches by 8 1/2 inches by 1 1/2 inches.
I include photographs to show the condition of the book, the long Table of Contents and the list of Illustration plus four sample photograph pages.
This First Edition copy is in fair condition, some obvious shelf wear and a flyleaf with a message. Otherwise, the binding is firm; there are no marks nor tears. From the wit of Robert Benchley to the serious comments of Brooks Atkinson--pure reading pleasure.