By Alma J. Bennett
Whereas the heritage of yank theatre has been generally documented, the heritage of its woman reviewers has been typically neglected. This ebook seeks to right that oversight by means of exploring the position of the good woman American critics, thereby increasing their canonical prestige. The anthology presents a quick description of the women's lives, their operating stipulations, samples in their writing, and helping analyses. For a few readers, this may be a primary come upon with ladies who need to be represented within the American theatre in their instances and well-known for his or her contributions to the advance of dramatic idea and feedback.
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To secure for her an education equal to that afforded male children, Murray hired special tutors when Julia was not allowed to attend classes with male students. In spite of all Murray’s efforts to make sure her daughter was prepared for an independent life (should the need arise), Julia never took advantage of her education. She wished to be only a wife and mother; consequently, in 1812, she married Adam Bingamon after his graduation from Harvard and moved with him to his family estate in Natchez, Mississippi.
Now, all such persons, provided they can make it appear, they are not in the use of any as expensive and more superﬂuous gratiﬁcation, shall be released, upon their parole given, that they will absolutely and bona ﬁde employ their six shillings to the aforesaid purpose. To the third objection I cannot allow the smallest weight: Who, I would ask, are the Idlers? Perhaps there is no mode of life which requires more assiduous and laborious application, than that of a good and consistent actor. School exercises are certainly not the most pleasurable employments of adolescence; and every adult can tell, how much more easily he could imprint the memory of his early years, than that retention which is the accompaniment of his matured life.
She died in Natchez on July 6, 1820. Judith Sargent Murray was one of a group of Revolutionary Era women who aspired to have public voices and a place in the life of the new Republic. Long before the Seneca Falls Women’s Rights Convention of 1848, Murray was among a small number of women who were demanding a change in 2 • Judith Sargent Murray [1751–1820] 33 the traditional views of women. Although her feminist views are the basis for her fame as a writer, her views on theatre should not be overlooked.
American Women Theatre Critics: Biographies and Selected Writings of Twelve Reviewers, 1753-1919 by Alma J. Bennett