This subject guide is based on the 2015 article* by Susan Jonas and is an attempt to provide access to the plays within Auburn Libraries' collections. Out of over 60 plays Auburn has all but one, So Help Me God by Maurine Dallas Watkins, which was never published.
Use the links to the left to navigate the list. The list is in chronological order because that was the way it was presented in the article. The entries indicate the play title, the author, and the date it was originally written, performed, or published.
Plays on our shelves as parts of anthologies or collections are mentioned in the notes. The book cover is used as only as illustration and may not reference the actual edition or play owned by Auburn University Libraries. When a book cover was not available Wikimedia Commons was used to identify freely available images.The links for the plays will take you to the library record where you will find location and availability information. In some cases library records of the plays published from 1801-1922 will take you to HathiTrust where you can download the entire work as a PDF after you login.
The links to the biographical sketches come from a variety of sources including encyclopedias, archives, and even a literary property agent. The majority do point to the public version of the Encyclopedia Britannica; however, there are a few linked to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography which will require you to login using your AU ID and password; these are marked with the double plus(++). All books, articles, databases and web sites referenced in the making of this guide are listed below.
*Jonas, Susan. "The Other Canon." American Theatre 32, no. 8 (October 2015): 52-53.
Reference and Resources
The actual plays or the collections they in are not listed on this page.