In contrast to each other, Volume 5 is a sociological portrait of mostly little people in their tragic and comic efforts to achieve fame on the London stage during the Restoration and eighteenth century, whereas Volume 6 is dominated by the glamour of David Garrick, Nell Gwyn, and Joseph Grimaldi, the celebrated clown. Some 250 portraits individualize the great and small of the theatres of London."
Philip H. Highfill, Jr., is a professor emeritus of English at George Washington University. Kalman A. Burnim is emeritus Fletcher Professor of Drama at Tufts University. Edward A. Langhans is an emeritus professor of drama and theatre at the University of Hawaii.