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Author Nemerov, Alexander.
Title Acting in the night : Macbeth and the places of the Civil War / Alexander Nemerov.
Imprint Berkeley, Calif. : University of California Press, 2010.

Author Nemerov, Alexander.
Subject Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Macbeth.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Stage history -- United States.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Theater and the war.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Social aspects.
Theater and society -- Washington (D.C.) -- History -- 19th century.
Theater -- Washington (D.C.) -- History -- 19th century.
Washington (D.C.) -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Social aspects.
Virginia -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Social aspects.
Washington (D.C.) -- Social conditions -- 19th century.
Virginia -- Social conditions -- 19th century.
Description 1 online resource (299 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 267-283) and index.
Contents Introduction: a drop that dyes the seas -- A stone's throw : Charlotte Cushman -- The flame of place : Abraham Lincoln -- The glass case : interior life in Washington, D.C. -- Acoustic shadows : the Battle of Bristoe Station -- Center of echoes : Castle Murray, Fauquier County, Virginia -- Ghosts : the death of Colonel Thomas Ruffin, October 17, 1863 -- Sound and fury : nature in Virginia.
Note Print version record.
Summary What can the performance of a single play on one specific night tell us about the world this event inhabited so briefly? Alexander Nemerov takes a performance of Macbeth in Washington, DC on October 17, 1863--with Abraham Lincoln in attendance--to explore this question and illuminate American art, politics, technology, and life as it was being lived. Nemerov's inspiration is Wallace Stevens and his poem "Anecdote of the Jar," in which a single object organizes the wilderness around it in the consciousness of the poet. For Nemerov, that evening's performance of Macbeth reached across the tragedy.
ISBN 9780520947443 (electronic bk.)
0520947444 (electronic bk.)
9780520251861 (cloth ; alk. paper)
0520251865 (cloth ; alk. paper)
OCLC # 707080413
Additional Format Print version: Nemerov, Alexander. Acting in the night. Berkeley : University of California Press, 2010 9780520251861 (DLC) 2010008817 (OCoLC)551198441

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