Lust for Fame
The Stage Career of John Wilkes Booth
About the Book
The first book on Booth’s ten tumultuous years on the stage, with a wealth of rare period illustrations reproduced with special techniques yielding results of better quality than the originals.
The book evaluates his performances through newspaper reviews and the recorded opinions of his contemporaries; it also separates Booth the actor from Booth the assassin. Previously unpublished letters are included, some in facsimile.
John Wilkes’ famous brother Edwin was not necessarily the leading actor of his era: this book indicates why John Wilkes Booth might claim that distinction.
One of the appendices is an exhaustive chronology of all his performances, and all fellow cast members.
About the Author(s)
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: photos, facsimiles, references, appendices, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 1998 
Book Reviews & Awards
“a competent exposition…filled with primary source material”—Library Journal; “a noteworthy chronicle”—Choice; “diligent and extensive”—Theatre Journal; “choice of illustrations is excellent…a fine collection of photographs”—Nineteenth Century Theatre Research.