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Sensation Drama, 18601880: An Anthology

Joanna Hofer-Robinson and Beth Palmer


Featuring previously unpublished material alongside famous plays,this pioneering edition provides access to some of the most popular plays of the nineteenth century. Characterised by exhilarating plots, large-scale special effects and often transgressive characterisation, these dramas are still exciting for modern readers. This anthology lays the foundation for further scholarly work on sensation drama and focuses public attention on to this influential and immensely popular genre.It features five plays from writers including Dion Boucicault and Mary Elizabeth Braddon. These are supported by a ... More

Keywords: Sensation, Drama, Theatre, Performance, Adaptation, Stage, Scenery, Special effects, Dion Boucicault, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, C. H. Hazlewood, Florence Marryat, Augustin Daly

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781474439534
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474439534.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joanna Hofer-Robinson, editor

Beth Palmer, editor

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Sensation Drama

The Colleen Bawn;1

Dion Boucicault, Esq., author of

Under the Gaslight;1

Augustin Daly, author of

Miss Chester1,2

Florence Marryatand Sir Charles Young, Bart.3 LONDON: SAMUEL FRENCH, publisher, 89, Strand NEW YORK: SAMUEL FRENCH & SON, publishers, 122, Nassau Street.4 first performed at the Holborn Theatre (under the management of joseph Fell, Esq) on Saturday, October 6th 1872.5

The Missing Witness1,2

M. E. Braddon, author of “Lady Audley’s Secret”, etc.

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