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Author Altschuler, Bruce E.

Title Acting presidents : 100 years of plays about the presidency / Bruce E. Altschuler
Edition 1st ed
Published New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010


Description 1 online resource (xiii, 193 pages)
Series The evolving American presidency series
Evolving American presidency.
Contents Introduction -- Plays about Abraham Lincoln -- Other heroic presidents -- The president as anti-hero -- Fictional presidents -- Musical presidents -- Conclusions
Summary Although films about the presidency have been a popular subject for analysis, there is no equivalent literature about plays that portray chief executives. This book fills that gap by examining in detail about 50 plays depicting historical, fictional and even musical presidents. It explains how, as the public's trust in government has declined, the heroic presidents of the first half of the twentieth century have been replaced on stage by such antiheroes as Nixon and Harding
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
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Subject American drama -- 20th century -- History and criticism
Presidents in literature.
Political plays, American -- History and criticism
Theater -- Political aspects -- United States -- 20th century
DRAMA -- American.
American drama
Political plays, American
Presidents in literature
Theater -- Political aspects
United States
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780230115316