Beauty and the Beast [Manuscript prompt]
Performed by an all-girl cast
Manuscript prompt, with American provenance, of a children’s drama based upon the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast as adapted by Julia Corner. Corner was an English children’s text book author and playwright.
The text of the manuscript is identical to Corner’s published text, but the stage directions have in many instances been paraphrased or simplified.
These latter changes and an inscription within the manuscript and the following inscription in pencil: “acted by Some of the girls that go to Miss Lacey [sic?] School.” The prompt came from the papers of a prominent Philadelphia–New Jersey family and their allied families. We suggest Miss Lacey and her school were likely in the Mid-Atlantic States.
Description: Beauty and the Beast [Manuscript prompt]
[Np. after 1854]. ll., pp. Stitched bifoliums. Manuscript complete; one text leaf loosened and lacks its conjugate which would have been seen among the concluding blank pages. A few words with loss to letters, soiling, stains, final leaf (blank) torn. Easily legible.
Ref. Beauty and the Beast. An Entertainment for Young People. By Miss Corner…The First of the Series of Little Plays for Little Actors. Third Edition. (London, 1865). “Julia Corner” in Zipes, The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children’s Literature (New York, 2006).