T.W. Robertson (1829-1871) was one of the most popular and influential dramatists in the nineteenth-century English theatre. His plays, especially the six comedies he wrote for the Prince of Wales's Theatre in London from 1865 to 1870, were widely performed in England and America through the end of the century, and his best-known work,
Caste, is still performed today. His style of writing, his work as a director, and his struggles for better compensation and copyright protection strongly influenced the next generation of dramatists, including Shaw. This is the first book to study all of Robertson's plays within their theatrical, political, and social contexts.