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Ur-Drama: The Origins of the Theatre, 1975 Ernest Theodore Kirby

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Ur-Drama: The Origins of the Theatre, 1975 by Ernest Theodore Kirby explores Shamanism, Ritual and Dionysianism in ancient China, India, Japan and Greece to contradict the view of theatre as beginning with fertility worship. First edition.   Hard cover.

With 18 full page black and white photographs Kirby illustrates his argument and also provides eleven pages of works cited in this impressive study of the influence of shamanism upon literature. It is a seminal study in the history of theater.

This book proper is in firm condition with a clean exterior protected by a dust jacket that shows shelf wear and handling over the years. The text has no tears but a number of small check marks and perhaps three or four words lightly underlined.

The book measures 7 1/4 inches by 10 1/4 inches by 1 inch and has 164 pages.

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