A Bachelor's Dream

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A Bachelor's Dream is the title of both a novel and of a one act play/sketch.

A Bachelor's Dream the novel

A Bachelor's Dream was a popular late 19th century light novel by Margaret Wolfe Hungerford (1855–1897)[1]

A Bachelor's Dream the play

The original text

A short play (skit or sketch?) called A Bachelor's Dream by Hamilton Coleman was first copyrighted in Chicago in 1913.

Boonzaier (1923) mentions two South African performances of a variety sketch by an unnamed author also called A Bachelor's Dream. Possibly a burlesque of the novel or an early version of Coleman's text?

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

circa. 1900: Performed by The Edouin-Edwards Company at the Tivoli Theatre, Cape Town.

1910: Performed by The Edouin-Edwards Company once more at the Opera House, Cape Town, in April of 1910, as part of a Variety Entertainment that also included The Kleptomaniacs (Winslow).


Catalogue of Copyright Entries: Pamphlets, leaflets, contributions to newspapers or periodicals, etc.Volume 10, Issue 1: Library of Congress. Copyright Office[2]

D.C. Boonzaier, 1923. "My playgoing days – 30 years in the history of the Cape Town stage", in SA Review, 9 March and 24 August 1932. (Reprinted in Bosman 1980: pp. 374-439.)

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp.203-205

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