Old West in the Old World: Lost Plays by Bret Harte and Sam Davis

Author:   Lawrence I Berkov ,  Gary Scharnhorst ,  Professor Lawrence I Berkove ,  Gary Scharnhorst
Publisher:   University of New Mexico Press
ISBN:  

9780826337641


Pages:   227
Publication Date:   15 July 2006
Format:   Hardback
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Old West in the Old World: Lost Plays by Bret Harte and Sam Davis


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The two plays in this collection, 'The Luck of Roaring Camp,' by Bret Harte, and 'The Prince of Timbuctoo,' by Sam Davis, were written by Old West authors as the nineteenth century transitioned into the twentieth. Both plays are original treatments of Americans in the Old World - France and Africa, respectively. Hitherto, both plays were lost - never published, and forgotten. At first glance, the plays appear to be very different. Harte greatly revised his famous short story to turn its title character into an attractive ingenue sent by her mining camp foster parents to acquire an education and polish in France. There, she and the son of an aristocratic family fall in love and confront complications of class and money. In Davis' play, a comic opera, three Americans come to Timbuctoo to exploit it. But, two of them decide to support the young prince of the kingdom who is trying to gain his rightful throne and marry the girl of his choice. Despite malicious intrigues, both works end happily, reflecting their authors' Old West beliefs in a society where character takes precedence over birth. Both plays besides being valuable additions to the literature of the period are intrinsically entertaining.

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Author:   Lawrence I Berkov ,  Gary Scharnhorst ,  Professor Lawrence I Berkove ,  Gary Scharnhorst
Publisher:   University of New Mexico Press
Imprint:   University of New Mexico Press
Dimensions:   Width: 15.50cm , Height: 2.10cm , Length: 23.00cm
Weight:   0.490kg
ISBN:  

9780826337641


ISBN 10:   0826337643
Pages:   227
Publication Date:   15 July 2006
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Out of Print
Availability:   Awaiting stock   Availability explained

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