Edited, with an introduction and notes, by Laurence Senelick.
Rice was a messenger and attendant employed by the British Museum who spent his evening singing in London tavern concert rooms. His diaries record his repertoire, his playgoing and a lively Dickensian scene as he tries to make a name for himself as a comic singer. The editor's introduction tells us more about Rice and the development of these precursors of the music hall.
Hardback, 300 pp, 27 illus., (1997), ISBN 0 85430 059 7, £13 ($26) inc. p&p.
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