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Theater of the Mind: Imagination, Aesthetics, and American Radio Drama

Neil Verma


For generations, fans and critics have characterized classic American radio drama as a “theater of the mind,” a characterization which this book unpacks by recasting the radio play as an aesthetic object within its unique historical context. The book applies an array of critical methods to more than 6,000 recordings to produce an account of radio drama from the Depression to the Cold War. In this exploration of dramatic conventions, it investigates dramas by the likes of Norman Corwin, Lucille Fletcher, and Wyllis Cooper on key programs ranging from The Columbia Workshop, The Mercury Theater o ... More

Keywords: radio drama, Norman Corwin, Lucille Fletcher, Wyllis Cooper, sound effects, aesthetics, Columbia Workshop, Mercury Theater, Cavalcade of America

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780226853505
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226853529.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Neil Verma, author