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Modern Theatre in Context: A Critical Timeline

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The Fair Grit; or, The Advantages of Coalition

Seven years after the 21-year old E.R. Parkhurst (1848-1924) emigrates from England to Canada in 1869, he becomes editor of the Toronto Mail's Music and Drama Department and reviews the performing arts in Toronto for the paper until 1898.

Four years after the Irish-born Nicholas Flood Davin (1843-1901) immigrates to Canada to begin a career as an author, journalist, lawyer and politician, he publishes his political satire The Fair Grit; or, The Advantages of Coalition in Toronto.

Samuel James Watson's five-act poetic verse drama Ravlan, set in Celtic Britain, is published in Toronto in the volume The Legend of the Roses--A Poem; Ravlan--A Drama.