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David Mayer is emeritus professor in the Department of Drama, University of Manchester. He is the author and editor or coeditor of numerous publications in nineteenth- and twentieth-century British and American popular entertainment. His books include Harlequin in His Element: English Pantomine, 1806-1836 and Playing Out the Empire: ""Ben-Hur"" and Other Toga-plays and Films.

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"David Mayer combines groundbreaking archival work with first-rate cultural history to establish the lineage between theatre and early film. Mayer's clear and nuanced reading challenges current views of melodrama, early film acting, and verisimilitude in art, indeed the very relationship between stage and screen in D. W. Griffith's America."--Rosemarie K. Bank, Kent State University
"This fascinating study makes a compelling case for how intricately D. W. Griffith's historic film career was embedded in and influenced by the American theatre. Among the book's strengths are Mayer's impressive depth of knowledge of both the theatrical and cinematic industries, his command of the larger social history surrounding these industries, his engaging writing style, and his eye for intriguing examples of stage influences that illuminate some of Griffith's lesser-known as well as more famous works. A significant work of American cultural history."--Kim Marra, author, " Strange Duets: Impresarios and Actresses in the American Theatre, 1865-1914"
David Mayer combines groundbreaking archival work with first-rate cultural history to establish the lineage between theatre and early film. Mayer s clear and nuanced reading challenges current views of melodrama, early film acting, and verisimilitude in art, indeed the very relationship between stage and screen in D. W. Griffith s America. Rosemarie K. Bank, Kent State University"
This fascinating study makes a compelling case for how intricately D. W. Griffith s historic film career was embedded in and influenced by the American theatre. Among the book s strengths are Mayer s impressive depth of knowledge of both the theatrical and cinematic industries, his command of the larger social history surrounding these industries, his engaging writing style, and his eye for intriguing examples of stage influences that illuminate some of Griffith s lesser-known as well as more famous works. A significant work of American cultural history. Kim Marra, author, " Strange Duets: Impresarios and Actresses in the American Theatre, 1865 1914""

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