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ISBN-10: 0521284392

ISBN-13: 9780521284394

Edition: 2008

Authors: Tom Taylor, Martin Banham

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Tom Taylor was one of the most successful and popular playwrights of the Victorian Theatre. His plays are humorous and theatrically powerful, showing a social concern that was advanced for his times - particularly on matters such as the rehabilitation of criminals and corruption in public life. Taylor's work at the bar, in the civil service, and as a journalist and art critic inspired themes which he dramatised in more than seventy plays. Four of the best-known are collected in this volume, the only edition of Taylor's works available. They are Still Waters Run Deep (1855), The Contested Election (1859), The Overland Route (1860), and the most popular, revived in modern productions at the…    
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Book details

List price: $33.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/24/1985
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.98" wide x 9.02" long x 0.55" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Taylor, a prolific dramatist, was the editor of Punch from 1874 to 1880. He was educated at Glasgow University, where he distinguished himself as a student; later he studied at Trinity College, Cambridge, and served for two years as a professor of English at University College, London. When Taylor settled in London, he worked for both the Morning Chronicle and The Daily News. Despite his journalism, however, he is best remembered as the author of more than 100 plays over a 35-year span. While few survive as outstanding literary achievements, Taylor was immensely successful in his own day, and apparently only one of his plays was an outright failure. In 1871 the playwright was accused by the…    

Martin Banham is Emeritus Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies in the University of Leeds and editor of The Cambridge Guide to Theatre (1988) and co-editor of The Cambridge Guide to African and Caribbean Theatre (1984).James Gibbs teaches at the University of the West of England (Bristol) and has a particular interest in Ghanaian, Nigerian, and Malawian drama.Femi Osofisan, playwright, teaches in the Department of Theatre Arts, University of Ibadan.

Still Waters Run Deep
The Contested Election
The Overland Route
The Ticket-of-Leave Man