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Marching Song: A Play

Marching Song: A Play (Hardback)

By Welles, Orson
With Hill, Roger
Edited by Tarbox, Todd
Foreword by Callow, Simon

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Marching Song is a play written by Orson Welles and Roger Hill about the abolitionist, John Brown. Welles and Hill collaborated on the play when Welles was seventeen and attending the Todd School for Boys, where Hill was the head schoolmaster.

ISBN 9781538125526
Barcode 9781538125526
Published 15 August 2019 by Rowman & Littlefield
Format Hardback
Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days

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ISBN-13 9781538125526
ISBN-10 1538125528
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Rowman & Littlefield
Imprint Rowman & Littlefield
Publication Date 15 August 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Welles, Orson
With Hill, Roger
Edited by Tarbox, Todd
Foreword by Callow, Simon
Category Performing Arts
Theatre, Drama
Historical Fiction
Number of Pages 200
Dimensions Width: 161mm
Height: 238mm
Spine: 21mm
Weight 435g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Abolitionists - United States, Brown, John
NBS Text Other Performing Arts
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 812.52
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

Before The Cradle Will Rock, before War of the Worlds, before Citizen Kane-there was Marching Song. At the age of 25 Orson Welles co-wrote, directed, and starred in Citizen Kane, widely regarded as one of the greatest films of all time. But this was not the first achievement in the young artist's career. A few years earlier he terrorized America with his radio broadcast of War of the Worlds. And even before he conquered the airwaves, Welles had made a name for himself in New York theatre, with his dynamic stagings of Shakespeare classics and the politically charged musical The Cradle Will Rock. But before all of these there was Marching Song-a play about abolitionist John Brown-that Welles had co-written at the age of 17. While attending the Todd School for Boys, Welles collaborated with Roger Hill, the schoolmaster at Todd, to produce this full-length drama. Marching Song: A Play is a work by one of America's true geniuses at an early stage of his creative growth. Steeped in historical detail, the play chronicles Brown's fight against slavery, his raid on Harper's Ferry, his capture, his conviction for treason, and his execution. In addition to the entire text of the play, this volume features a biographical sketch of Welles and Hill-written by Hill's grandson-during their days together at Todd. A fascinating dramatization of a pivotal event in American history, this play also demonstrates Welles' burgeoning development as social commentator and an advocate for human rights, particularly on behalf of African Americans. Featuring a foreword by noted Welles biographer, Simon Callow, Marching Song: A Play is an important work by an American icon.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review A must-have for any serious Welles fan, Marching Song: A Play is bookended by two illuminating essays by Tarbox. [It] will be devoured by those looking for insight into the mind of one of the most creative men of the 20th century. -- Ray Kelly, Wellesnet.com
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Orson Welles was an internationally recognized actor, director, producer, writer, magician, and political activist whose films included The Magnificent Ambersons, Touch of Evil, and Citizen Kane, considered by many to be the greatest film ever produced. Roger Hill was the headmaster of the Todd School for Boys for thirty years. During his tenure, Hill fashioned one of the most progressive educational programs in the country, embracing the philosophy that youngsters were created creators. Todd Tarbox, grandson of Roger Hill, is an educator and the author of See the World, Imagine, and Orson Welles and Roger Hill: A Friendship in Three Acts (2016).

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