301st out of 726 books — 136 voters
The Italian Comedy
Illustrated history of the beginnings, growth and influence of the commedia dell’ arte. Describes improvisations, staging, marks, scenarios, acting troupes, and origins.
Paperback, 367 pages
Published June 1st 1966 by Dover Publications
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Beautiful book full of promises, few of which it delivers on. It's a love letter to comedia dell'arte; the author is obviously knowledgeable and excited about the subject. But the book is poorly organized, hard to follow and impossible to use as a reference. Still, makes for a nice coffee table adornment.