Forty Years on the Stage: Others (principally) and Myself (Google eBook)

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E.P. Dutton & Company, 1915 - Actors - 320 pages
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Page 295 - Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.
Page 114 - My sweet companion, pupil, tutor, child ! Thou wouldst not wonder, that my drowning eye, And choking utterance, upbraid my tongue That tells thee, she is thine...
Page 95 - What might I not have made of thy fair world, Had I but loved thy highest creature here ? It was my duty to have loved the highest : It surely was my profit had I known : It would have been my pleasure had I seen. We needs must love the highest when we see it, Not Lancelot, nor another.
Page 111 - Returns it not thy gripe ? Thou wilt not hold Faster by it than it will hold by thee ! I overheard thee say, thou wast...
Page 45 - Ryder, with whom she studied all her legitimate roles, and until her death she scarcely altered an intonation of a sentence from the way she had read it with him. She worked so hard and threw such an amount of earnestness into her work that many thousands of onlookers took for genius what was really splendidly marshalled force. One quite extraordinary gift she had, namely, that of tears! At any given moment or cue she could make the tears mount to her eyes, and even run down her cheeks, irrespective...
Page 100 - I think he was almost disposed to agree with my view ; and here I am going to take a rather bold step and to express my curiosity as to whether or not the Shylock he played and made so famous was absolutely the Shylock he would have played if he had possessed a greater amount of physical power.
Page 45 - Neilson was not a genius, but she was a good, hi some moments, a great actress. All that work could do she did ; but I arrive at the above conclusion by the following applied test : I rehearsed three parts with her under John Ryder, with whom she studied all her legitimate roles, and until her death she scarcely altered an intonation of a sentence from the way she had read it with him. She worked so hard and threw such an amount of earnestness into her work that many thousands of onlookers took...
Page i - ... very firm one with me all my professional life. Let me explain that I served my apprenticeship as an actor before the days of modern advertisement, and drew my inspirations from men and women and one great artist in particular who taught me that the actor's duty was behind the proscenium and his best and most telling pronouncements were those made when the curtain was up. In that faith I have lived and worked earnestly and sincerely ; and if I turn aside from that course now, it is because...
Page 57 - ... not very much of a club, but rather a coterie of jolly old friends who had the run of Simpson's fine English food and Simpson's fine cooking in a good, large, private room. Many actors and managers belonged to it, amongst them Henry Irving, David James, Thomas Thorne, John Hollingshead and others. We had the largest round table in the world made from a single piece of wood. It was in the great Exhibition of 1851 a solid piece of mahogany at which some sixteen members could sit and dine with...

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