Early American Literature: A Bibliography of Secondary Material

Early American Literature: A Bibliography of Secondary Material: A bibliography of print criticism divided in categories designed to provide teachers and students a starting place for class preparation and research projects complied by Edward J. Gallagher up to 1999. For Recent Publications in the field of Early American studies, please consult: The Society of Early Americanists Page of Recent and Forthcoming Publications and Journals. Thank you.


Bigsby, Christopher, and Don B. Wilmeth, eds. The Cambridge History of American Theatre: Volume 1, Beginnings to 1870. New York: Cambridge UP, 2006.

Brown, Jared. The Theatre in America during the Revolution. New York: Cambridge UP, 1995.

Gallagher, Kent G. The Foreigner in Early American Drama: A Study in Attitudes. The Hague: Mouton, 1966.

Havens, Daniel F. The Columbian Muse of Comedy: The Development of a Native Tradition in Early American Social Comedy, 1787-1845. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 1973.

Jones, Eugene H. Native Americans as Shown on the Stage, 1753-1916. Metuchen: Scarecrow P, 1988.

Kritzer, Amelia Howe, ed. Plays by Early American Women, 1775-1850. Ann Arbor: U of Michigan P, 1995.

Mates, Julian. The American Musical Stage before 1800. New Brunswick: Rutgers UP, 1962.

McNamara, Brooks. The American Playhouse in the Eighteenth Century. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1969.

Meserve, Walter J. An Emerging Entertainment: The Drama of the American People to 1828. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1977.

Mulford, Carla. “Re-Presenting Early American Drama and Theatre.” Resources for American Literary Study 17.1 (1990): 1-24.

Philbrick, Norman, ed. Trumpets Sounding: Propaganda Plays of the American Revolution. New York: B. Blom, 1972.

Porter, Susan L. With an Air Debonair: Musical Theatre in America, 1785-1815. Washington: Smithsonian, 1991.

Quinn, Arthur Hobson. A History of the American Drama: From the Beginning to the Civil War. 2nd ed. New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1951.

Rankin, Hugh F. The Theater in Colonial America. Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina P, 1965.

Richards, Jeffrey H. Drama, Theatre, and Identity in the American New Republic. Cambridge & New York: Cambridge UP, 2005.

---. Theater Enough: American Culture and the Metaphor of the World Stage, 1607-1789. Durham: Duke UP, 1991.

---, ed. Early American Drama. New York: Viking Penguin, 1997.

Schofield, Mary Anne, and Cecilia Macheski, eds. Curtain Calls: British and American Women and the Theater, 1660-1820. Athens: Ohio UP, 1991.

Vaughn, Jack A. Early American Dramatists: From the Beginnings to 1900. New York: Ungar, 1981.

Wilmer, Steve E. Theatre, Society and the Nation: Staging American Identities. Cambridge & New York: Cambridge UP, 2002.

Wolter, Jurgen C. The Dawning of American Drama: American Dramatic Criticism, 1746-1915. Westport: Greenwood P, 1993.