Passionate Playgoer, 1958 Ed. George Oppenheimer
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Passionate Playgoer, 1958 Ed. George Oppenheimer

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Passionate Playgoer: A Personal Scrapbook, 1958, this hardcover First Edition edited by George Oppenheimer is an illustrated 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. From the wit of Robert Benchley to the serious comments of Brooks Atkinson - pure reading pleasure.

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 collectible book including an index and measuring 5 1/2 inches by 8 1/2 inches by 1 1/2 inches. 

This hard to find 1st edition of the vintage hardcover book is in fair to good condition. The beige and red cover is faded and there is some age-related shelf wear. The binding is firm and the pages are clean, without tears and, except for a written message on the fly leaf, unmarked.

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