Aug. 6, 2021





Above: Dr. Robert Montgomery Bird author of The Gladiator, in a portrait by his wife Mary Mayer Bird, ca. 1840. Collection of The Library Company of Philadelphia. 

Selected Bibliography:

Alger, William Rounseville, Life of Edwin Forrest, American Tragedian, J.B. Lippincott & Co., Philadelphia, 1876. (Available online via Project Guttenberg - )

Bloom, Arthur W., Edwin Forrest: A Biography & Performance History, McFarland, 2019.

Cliff, Nigel, The Shakespeare Riots: Revenge, Drama, and Death in Nineteenth Century America, Random House, 2007.

Davis, Andrew, America's Longest Run, A History of the Walnut Street Theatre, The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2010.

James, Rees, The Life of Edwin Forrest, with Reminiscences and Personal Recollections, T.B. Peterson & Brothers, Philadelphia, 1874. (Digitized 2005 and available via Google Books)

Kippola, Karl M., "Chapter 2: 'A Glorious Image of Unperverted Manhood': Edwin Forrest as Masculine Ideal", Acts of Manhood: The Performance of Masculinity on the American Stage, 1828-1865, Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, pp. 53-88.

Lepore, Jill, "Chapter 8: The Curse of Metamora" in The Name of War: King Philip’s War and the Origins of American Identity, Knopf, New York, 1998, pp. 191-226.

Moody, Richard, Edwin Forrest, First Star of the American Stage, Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1960.

Wood, William B., Personal Recollections of the Stage, Embracing Notices of Actors, Authors, and Auditors During a Period of Forty Years. Philadelphia, 1855, pp. 250-324. (Digitized 2008 and available via Google Books.)