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Pioneer Players
The Lives of Louis and Hilda Esson

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  • Date Published: January 1995
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521456449

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  • This is a dual biography, the story of Louis Esson, the distinguished playwright who has been called 'the father of Australian drama', and his wife Hilda, who did her own pioneering in the theatre and in public health. The plays they wrote and performed reflected the drama of their lives: creative angst, intellectual conflict, untimely death, romantic entanglement, jealousy and despair. Yet Peter Fitzpatrick's book is more than a good read. As a critical appraisal of Louis Esson's plays and an exploration of the relationships the Essons had with well-known literary and theatrical figures in Australia and overseas, the book is an exploration of a developing Australian culture and identity. It is also about the dynamics of a marriage between two brilliant people, reflecting not only the patterns of gender relationships in their own time, but universal passions and strategies.

    • A double biography, dealing with two brilliant individuals and the dynamics of their marriage
    • An exploration of the cultural forces in Australia in the first half of the twentieth century
    • The first full account of the Pioneer Players in the context of the ongoing struggle to create a genuinely Australian theatre
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    • Date Published: January 1995
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521456449
    • length: 424 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.62kg
    • contains: 25 b/w illus. 21 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Prologue
    1. Bohemia
    2. Ormond
    3. Emerald
    4. Broadway
    5. Bloomsbury
    6. Various Stages
    7. Mallacoota
    8. Carlton
    9. Hawthorn
    10. Various Suburbs
    11. Sydney
    12. Hampton
    Epilogue.

  • Author

    Peter Fitzpatrick, Monash University, Victoria

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