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Mad folk of the theatre; ten studies in temperament,

Author: Otis Skinner
Publisher: Indianapolis, Bobbs-Merrill Co. [©1928]
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Here are Thomas Betterton, a member of King Charles II's company at Drury Lane; Nell Gwinn, honest little alley cat who won that same King's fickle heart; James Quin and the gallant days of Bath; George Anne Bellamy, well-named the beautiful, who seems to have passed through every known adventure of living; Tate Wilkinson, eighteenth-century barnstormer; delectable Dora Jordan, who year after year was London's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Skinner, Otis, 1858-1942.
Mad folk of the theatre.
Indianapolis, Bobbs-Merrill Co. [©1928]
(OCoLC)551263134
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Otis Skinner
OCLC Number: 856775
Description: 9 preliminary leaves, 21-297 pages frontispiece, plates, portraits, facsimile 22 cm
Contents: "His Majestie's servant" [Thomas Betterton]--Mistress Nelly.--Bath and James Quin.--The varied adventures of Bellamy the beautiful.--An eighteenth-century barnstormer [Tate Wilkinson]--The delectable Dora Jordan.--Three madmen of the theatre: George Frederick Cooke. Edmund Keane. The Elder Booth.--Will-of-Avon's-night.
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Here are Thomas Betterton, a member of King Charles II's company at Drury Lane; Nell Gwinn, honest little alley cat who won that same King's fickle heart; James Quin and the gallant days of Bath; George Anne Bellamy, well-named the beautiful, who seems to have passed through every known adventure of living; Tate Wilkinson, eighteenth-century barnstormer; delectable Dora Jordan, who year after year was London's favorite, as well as the Sailor Prince's; George Frederick Cooke, the first actor of real power to face an American audience; Edmund Kean, "perhaps the greatest genius the English-speaking stage had ever known"; the Elder Book, with his strange moods of forgetfulness and frenzy; and in Will-of-Avon's Night, Shakespeare himself comes to life, with many another great figure of the stage, to revel in The Players' library. Certainly, a mad company, my masters, and glad and at times sad and also, at times, it must be confessed, bad, but, oh, so delightfully human always, and, through the interpretation of this great artist of the theatre, so delightfully enjoyable! -- from dust cover.

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