Recaptures antebellum history by tracing the journey of actor and prodigious journal-keeper Harry Watkins
“Provides unique insight into the antebellum world of U.S. theater and society, offering a richly illuminating window into the granular realities and day-to-day dealings of a committed life as a stage actor and sometime stage manager and playwright in this era… a valuable resource for scholars and students of U.S. theatrical and social history.”
—Kim Marra, University of Iowa
“Creating the print and digital editions of this remarkable diary has been a prodigious effort, and the payoff is ample. Watkins gives us a voice from behind the curtain, a day-to-day account of what it meant to grind out a living through talent and cunning in the mid-nineteenth-century theatre. The editors have created a volume of immediate interest to theatre historians that will also be engaging and accessible to general readers.”
—Laura Mielke, University of Kansas
Cover illustration: Harry Watkins, circa 1854. Courtesy Houghton Library, Harvard University.
The editors’ transcription of the entire diary is available in a digital edition at http://quod.lib.umich.edu/h/hwatkins