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I First visual appeal. A father's recommendation. How Salvini studied his paintings. Faults in appearing. the need to excel in every thing. A version for Othello. First stopover at to the USA. In Cuba. visual appeal in London. Impressions of Irving's Hamlet. The decline of tragedy. Tragedy in languages. American severe flavor. Impressions of Edwin sales space. ADELAIDE RISTORI First appearances. Salvini and Rossi. seems as woman Macbeth. As supervisor. First stopover at to the US. starts to play in English. JOSEPH JEFFERSON [William iciness, the dramatic critic of the recent York Tribune, in 1894 wrote the "Life and artwork of Joseph Jefferson," released through the Macmillan corporation, London and long island. He supplies an account of Jefferson's lineage, after which says: "In Joseph Jefferson, fourth of the road, well-known as Rip Van Winkle, and destined to be lengthy remembered via that identify in dramatic background, there's an seen union of the salient traits of his ancestors. the country luxuriance, manly energy, careless and adventu

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If he had failed--but why pursue it? He could not fail. Yet, the success on the first night at the Lyceum, in 1874, was not of that electrical, almost hysterical splendour which has greeted the momentous achievements of some actors. The first two acts were received with indifference. The people could not see how packed they were with superb acting--perhaps because the new Hamlet was so simple, so quiet, so free from the exhibition of actors' artifices which used to bring down the house in "Louis XI" and in "Richelieu," but which were really the easy things in acting, and in "Richelieu" (in my opinion) not especially well done.

The play was "Locandiera," to which she was eminently unsuited, I think. He was surprised at my enthusiasm. There was an element of justice in his attitude toward the performance which infuriated me, but I doubt if he would have shown more enthusiasm if he had seen her at her best. As the years went on he grew very much attached to Sarah Bernhardt, and admired her as a colleague whose managerial work in the theatre was as dignified as his own; but of her superb powers as an actress I don't believe he ever had a glimmering notion!

Daly was looking pleased again. I went on: "He aspires, I hear, to Shakespeare, but there is one thing of which I am sure. " "How long did it take to convince you of that, Miss Morris? " "His first five minutes on the stage, sir. " Then, "Tell me of that five minutes," and he thrust a chair toward me. "Oh," I cried, despairingly, "that will take so long, and will only bore you. " Which statement was unalloyed truth. " Now at Mr. Daly's last long-drawn-out "A-a-ah," anent Mr. Irving's winning applause without words, I believed an idea, new and novel, had sprung into his mind, while his present rapt manner would tell anyone familiar with his ways that the idea was rapidly becoming a plan.

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