THEATRE ARTS 126

POPULAR ENTERTAINMENTS: ORIGINS AND FORMS

Popular Entertainment

A Checklist of Representative Books
Published Primarily in the United States
Since l977

Compiled by Don B. Wilmeth

Note: This bibliography is not meant to be all inclusive, although an attempt has been made to list all signficant or unique publications. The cut-off date of l990 was chosen to coincide with the publication year of Theatre History Studies (Vo. XI), which included an earlier checklist. This earlier checklist began with 1977 publications, which coincided with the Conference on the History of American Popular Entertainment held that year. That bibliography was meant to complement a bibliography that I compiled for the proceedings of that conference, edited by Myron Matlaw. A few select pre-1990 publications are included, especially important earlier sources that previously eluded the compiler. Sources published through 1997 are cited.

For sources pre-1970, see compiler's Variety Entertainment and Outdoor Amusements (Greenwood Press, 1982). The focus is on American forms and those that deemphasize the traditional play text, although other major studies are included; and only sources published in the U.S. or the U.K. (other than one Australian publication) are cited in order to keep the list manageable. For the same reason, serial essays are omitted, often the most important of source. Two new serials since the 1991 checklist, however, are worth noting: Jay's Journal of Anomalies written by magician Ricky Jay and published quarterly since 1994 by W & V Dailey, Antiquarian Booksellers, 8216 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046; and Spectacle: A Quarterly Journal of the Circus Arts, also published quarterly since late 1997 (Circus Plus Publications, P.O. Box 1420, Edison, NY 08818-1420). The musical stage has been most selectively represented.

A source that the compiler deems of special signficance has a green square following its citation. I am grateful to Frederick Dahlinger, Jr. (Circus World Museum) for recommendation of titles for this compilation. The compiler welcomes corrections and additions to this list (Box 1897-Theatre, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912; e-mail at Don_Wilmeth@brown.edu).

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