George M. Cohan Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)


Cohan, George M. Twenty Years on Broadway. New York and London: Harper & Brothers, 1924, 264 p.

Traces Cohan's career from his start in his family's vaudeville troupe to his role as influential Broadway producer, writer, actor and librettist.

Cohan, George M. and Nathan, George J. "The Mechanics of Emotion." McClure's, Vol. XLII, No. 1 (November 1913): 69-77.

Enumerates technical methods to manipulate an audience's emotions, elicit laughter and create suspense.


Dale, Alan. "The Real George M. Cohan." Cosmopolitan (March 1913): 547-549.

An interview with Cohan reveals a self-effacing modesty and a preference for writing over performing.

Francis, Robert. "American All the Way." In The American Legion Leader, selected by Victor Lasky, pp. 65-70. New York: Hawthorn Books, 1953.

Discusses the theme of patriotism in Cohan's plays and performances, appraising it as a genuine expression of sincerity that met with disdain from critics and support from theatergoers.

Morehouse, Ward. George M. Cohan, Prince of the American Theater. Philadelphia and New York: J.B. Lipincott, 1943, pp. 120-137.

Draws upon anecdotes from many of Cohan's associates to portray him as a loyal and generous man with a darker side that alienated many.

Ormsbee, Helen. Backstage with Actors. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1938, pp. 230-265.

Profiles Cohan as a sensitive, prolific genius with a soothing, avuncular style.