|Trouping through Texas|
So, today I'm giving you a peek into a theatre-history-cum-biography book that's a welcome newcomer to Prospero's Bookshelf.
Written by Clifford Ashby and Suzanne DePauw May and published by Bowling Green University Popular Press in 1982, this entertaining and well written book tells the story of the early 20th century native Texan "hero" entertainer.
At a time in the American Southwest when there was little tolerance between the pulpit and the stage, Sadler became the exception - to the extent that rural preachers called him "as near a certifiable saint as ever emerged from the Baptist Church." And when "Old Harley" came to town, they were known reschedule their regular Wednesday night services to avoid competing with his performances.
This delightful paperback is 187 pages long and well illustrated with black and white photographs.
It measures 9 x 6 inches and is in very good condition.