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The Red Letter at the Music Hall: Reviews from 1902–1914 (Palgrave Studies in Comedy)

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This book reprints and analyses reviews of music hall acts from the family magazine The Red Letter, which was published by the Scottish based firm D C Thomson from 1899 to 1987. The articles under review range in date from 1902 to 1914, covering theatres all over Britain and acts from around the world. The reviews are uniquely detailed and shed light not only on the early acts of comics who would later go on to achieve wider fame, such as Will Hay and Robb Wilton, but also reveal the acts of long forgotten performers. These so-called ‘wines and spirits’ acts—acts that would never top the bill but who nevertheless toured the halls, sometimes for years on end, such as female impersonator Albert Letine, comedy magician Chris van Bern and female stand up Anna Dorothy amongst many others—deserve to be remembered every bit as much as the top of the bill acts. The articles are arranged in sections, covering race, gender, character comedy, physical comedy, male comedy and specialty or ‘spesh’ acts. The reviews reveal not only the contents of the acts but also the audience reactions to those acts and prevailing contemporary Edwardian attitudes. The articles are accompanied by their original illustrations, some of which are unique and, like the articles themselves, unseen for over a century.
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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9783030840273
ISBN-10: 3030840271
Pagini: 188
Ilustrații: XI, 165 p. 35 illus., 2 illus. in color.
Dimensiuni: 155 x 235 mm
Greutate: 0.43 kg
Ediția: 1st ed. 2022
Editura: Springer
Colecția Palgrave Macmillan
Seria Palgrave Studies in Comedy

Locul publicării: Cham, Switzerland

Cuprins

Chapter 1 Introduction 
The Red Letter 
Further Reading 
Chapter 2 Gender 
Introduction 
References 
Chapter 3 Race 
Introduction 
References
Chapter 4 Character Comedy 
Introduction 
References 
Chapter 5 Physical Comedy 
Introduction 
References 
Chapter 6 Male Comedy 
Introduction
References 
Chapter 7 “Spesh” Acts 
Introduction 
References 
Chapter 8 Conclusion 
Index

Notă biografică

David Huxley is Editor in Chief of The Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics. He was Senior Lecturer on the Film and Media course at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, until 2018. He has written widely on popular culture, including comics, film and comedy. His most recent publication is Lone Heroes and the Myth of the American West in Comic Books 1945-1962 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).
David James is an independent researcher and Senior Lecturer on the Film and Media course at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. He has published on a variety of subjects, including sitcom, Chaplin and the Music Hall. His latest publication is Charlie Chaplin’s Red Letter Days: at Work with the Comic Genius (2017).


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This book reprints and analyses reviews of music hall acts from the family magazine The Red Letter, which was published by the Scottish based firm D C Thomson from 1899 to 1987. The articles under review range in date from 1902 to 1914, covering theatres all over Britain and acts from around the world. The reviews are uniquely detailed and shed light not only on the early acts of comics who would later go on to achieve wider fame, such as Will Hay and Robb Wilton, but also reveal the acts of long forgotten performers. These so-called ‘wines and spirits’ acts—acts that would never top the bill but who nevertheless toured the halls, sometimes for years on end, such as female impersonator Albert Letine, comedy magician Chris van Bern and female stand up Anna Dorothy amongst many others—deserve to be remembered every bit as much as the top of the bill acts. The articles are arranged in sections, covering race, gender, character comedy, physical comedy, male comedy and specialty or ‘spesh’ acts. The reviews reveal not only the contents of the acts but also the audience reactions to those acts and prevailing contemporary Edwardian attitudes. The articles are accompanied by their original illustrations, some of which are unique and, like the articles themselves, unseen for over a century.

David Huxley is Editor in Chief of The Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics. He was Senior Lecturer on the Film and Media course at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, until 2018. He has written widely on popular culture, including comics, film and comedy. His most recent publication is Lone Heroes and the Myth of the American West in Comic Books 1945-1962 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).

David James is an independent researcher and Senior Lecturer on the Film and Media course at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. He has published on a variety of subjects, including sitcom, Chaplin and the Music Hall. His latest publication is Charlie Chaplin’s Red Letter Days: at Work with the Comic Genius (2017).

Caracteristici

Glimpse into the lost world of Music Hall; live entertainment around the turn of nineteenth and twentieth centuries
Provides a unique view through descriptions of both the content of various acts and audience reaction to them
Covers the paucity of sources and importance of The Red Letter reviews, framing the material in an historical context