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Mysteries of an American City: The Monk's Hall manuscript

Jamie Bridges, University of Birmingham


1  See, for a summary of this reception, Carla Mulford, ‘[Review of] George Lippard by David S. Reynolds, The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 107.3: 473-475.

2  I am developing this argument at greater length in my doctoral dissertation, “George Lippard: Melodrama and Theatricality in The Monks of Monk Hall.

3  Brooklyn Eagle, 13 February 1843: 2.

4  Adrienne Siegel, The Image of the American City in Popular Literature 1820-1870 (Portwashington: Kennikat Press, 1981), p. 8.

5  Siegel, p. 6.

6  Siegel, p. 13.

7  Peter Brooks, The Melodramatic Imagination (New Haven: Yale UP, 1976), p. 111.

8  Siegel, p. 10.

9  George Lippard, The Quaker City, or The Monks of Monk Hall, ed. David S. Reynolds (Amherst: U of Massachusetts P, 1995). Reynold’s introduction gives an excellent overview to the novel and Lippard’s other work.

10  Francis Courtney Wemyss, Twenty-Six Years: or, The Life of an Actor and Manager (New York, 1846), pp.394-400.

11  Wemyss, p. 395.

12  For further reading on the Chestnut Street Theater Incident please refer to Julia Curtis, “Philadelphia in an Uproar: The Monks of Monk Hall, 1844,” Theatre History Studies 5 (1985): 41-47. Extensive archival research has so far failed to unearth the script.

13  Anon, ‘Theatricals’. The Spirit of the Times, New York, 18 January 1845.

14  Anon, ‘Theatricals’. The Spirit of the Times, New York, 25 January 1845.

15  Wemyss, p. 400.

16  Siegel, pg 112.

17  Kathleen Burk, Old World New World: The Story of Britain and America (London: Little, Brown Book Group, 2007), pp. 279.

18  David Dimbleby and David Reynolds, An Ocean Apart: The Relationship Between Britain and America in the Twentieth Century (London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1988), p. 23.

19  Advertisements & Notices, Lloyd’s Weekly London Newspaper (London), 260 (14 November 1847).

20  Advertisements & Notices.,Lloyd’s Weekly Newspaper (London), 269 (Sunday, 16 January1848).

21  Advertisements & Notices, The Era (London), 487 (Sunday 23 January 1848).

22  It should be noted that manuscripts, from the licensing act of 1737, from the years 1737 to 1824 are held in the Larpent Collection at the Huntington Library, San Marino, Ca.

23  Alan Ruston, “Lee, (Richard) Nelson (1806-1872),” Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford UP, 2004); online edn., Jan 2008.[, accessed 18 May 2011]

24  “Slewer” :A servant-girl: cf. Dutch slang sluer (or sloor), a poor, common woman. (From John Stephen Farmer and William Ernest Henley, A Dictionary of Slang and Colloquial English (London: G. Routledge & Sons, Ltd 1905), pp. 420.

25  ‘Theatres Etc.’, The Era, 489 (6 February 1848).

26  Esther Cloudman Dunn, Shakespeare in America (New York: Benjamin Blom, Inc 1939), pp. 171.

27  Kathleen Burk, pp. 301.

28  Anonymous, How to Live in London (London: Joseph Smith Publishing, 1828), p. 119.

29  Rudiger Dornbusch and Jacob A Frenkel, “The Gold Standard and the Bank of England in the Crisis of 1847,” National Bureau of Economic Research (1984), pp. 233-276.

30  Christopher Mulvey, Transatlantic Manners: Social Patterns in Nineteenth-Century Anglo-American Travel Literature (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2008), p. 111.

31  Christopher Mulvey, pp. 69.

32  Christopher Mulvey, pp. 23.

33  Adrienne Siegel, pp. 4.

34  Kathleen Burk, pp. 279.

35  Paul Ricoeur, ‘Ideology, Utopia and Politics, 1991: 268


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