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Theatre History: Books

A guide library resources for the study of theatre history

Finding books

Key Point: To search for books on theater, use the spelling "theater," not "theatre."

To find books on various subjects, it is helpful to search by Subject Headings. Subject headings containing the word "theater" refer to drama as acted on the stage; the word "theaters" refers to facilities for staging drama; "drama" refers to plays as literary works. If you want to find books about a particular playwright, search that person's name as a subject heading. Here are some useful subject headings:

 
 

Selected Online Reference Sources

Cambridge Histories
Included are the three volumes of the Cambridge History of American Theatre and the Cambridge History of British Theatre.
 
Cambridge Companions
Multiple titles, including the Cambridge Companion to:

   African-American Theatre
   American Women Playwrights
   Arthur Miller
   August Wilson
   Theatre History
...and many other titles.

Also see: