Title: Nothing Ladylike About It: The Theatrical Career of Anna Elizabeth Dickinson
In 1864, at the height of the Civil War, twenty-one year old Anna Elizabeth Dickinson (1842-1932) stood in the House of Representatives, before Congress, the Cabinet, and the Supreme Court…
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CHAPTER 1: AMERICA’S JOAN OF ARC
The National Platform
The Professional Lecturer
From Rhetoric to Drama: Jeanne D’Arc
CHAPTER 2: NEW WOMEN OR TRUE WOMEN? THREE AMERICAN PLAYS
Which Will Take Best With the Public?: Anne Boleyn, or, A Crown of Thorns
Motives and Goals
Anne Boleyn as “True Woman”?
In Which Will I Play Best?: Aurelian, or Rome’s Restorer
Roman Emperor or American Hero?
Women of Rome: “True” or False?
Which Will Suit Me the Best?: An American Girl
Kate Vivian or Anna Dickinson: Whose Theatrical Debut?
Which will take best with the public, in which will I play best, & which will suit me the best?
CHAPTER 3: PRESUMPTUOUS INCOMPETENCE
“An Event of Peculiar Significance”
“The Worst Hamlet in the World”
Anna Dickinson: Actress
The Female Voice
Intellect vs. Emotionalism
CHAPTER 4: NOTHING LADYLIKE ABOUT IT
An American Girl
Bid for Breeches
APPENDIX A: Davenport contract
APPENDIX B: Anna E. Dickinson chronology
List of Figures
“Anna Dickinson Chastises the Boys”
Photograph of Anna Dickinson as Hamlet
Sketch of Anna Dickinson as Hamlet
Author: Stewart, Stacey A.
Source: University of Maryland
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