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Department of English

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Master of Arts


The purpose of this thesis is to make a study of the pioneer theatre in the early days of Kentucky with emphasis laid on theatrical life in Lexington, Frankfort and Louisville. The end of the first half of the nineteenth century marks the approximate close of the period studied. Theatrical activity first thrived in Lexington and Frankfort, but soon Louisville became the most important scene of dramatic performances and more attention is given the latter city in this study. Information concerning dramatic activity in smaller towns is scarce, and it is not likely that there were many performances given in them. As a basis for my bibliography I used Ralph Leslie Rusk’s The Literature of the Middle Western Frontier.


English Language and Literature | Theatre and Performance Studies