Edwin Booth and His Contemporaries, Volume 4

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Brander Matthews, Laurence Hutton
Page, 1900 - Actors
 

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Page 31 - Who made a nation purer through their art. Thine is it that our drama did not die, Nor flicker down to brainless pantomime, And those gilt gauds men-children swarm to see. Farewell, Macready; moral, grave, sublime; Our Shakespeare's bland and universal eye Dwells pleased, through twice a hundred years, on thee.
Page 55 - Methinks I should know you and know this man; Yet I am doubtful; for I am mainly ignorant What place this is, and all the skill I have Remembers not these garments; nor I know not Where I did lodge last night. Do not laugh at me; For, as I am a man, I think this lady To be my child Cordelia.
Page 218 - I felt once more what a great play it was, with all its faults ; and they are gross and numerous. On leaving the theatre after Othello, I felt as if my old admiration for this supreme masterpiece of the art had been an exaggeration.
Page 205 - You are awe-stricken by the intensity, the vehemence, he threw into the mean balderdash of the burlesque-monger. These qualities were even more apparent in his subsequent personation of Medea, in Robert Brough's parody of the Franco-Italian tragedy. The love, the hate, the scorn, of the abandoned wife of Jason, the diabolic loathing in which...
Page 51 - I must be idle," a man on the right side of the stage — upper boxes or gallery, but said to be upper boxes — hissed ! The audience took it up, and I waved the more, and bowed derisively and contemptuously to the individual. The audience carried it, though he was very staunch to his purpose. It discomposed me, and, alas ! might have ruined many; but I bore it down. I thought of speaking to the audience, if called on, and spoke to Murray about it, but he very discreetly dissuaded me. Was called...
Page 101 - Who is there who does not feel proud of the just appreciation, by the great American people, of one who is not only the exquisite representative of a range of delightful characters, but of all that is most graceful and refined in English womanhood, or fail to cherish a wish for her fame and happiness, as if she were a particular friend or relation of his own.
Page 24 - In rehearsing the play of Virginius, an occurrence took place which caused a hearty laugh at the expense of Mr. William Forrest, (brother to the tragedian) who was the Icilius. Caught by the natural tone and manner of Macready, who, turning suddenly, said, " Will you lead Virginia in, or do you wait for me to do it." " Whichever you please, Mr. Macready," was the ready answer, followed by such a laugh as only actors can enjoy.
Page 16 - In Edmund Kean and Rachel we recognize types of genius; in Macready I see only a man of talent, but of talent so marked and individual that it approaches very near to genius; and, indeed, in justification of those admirers who would claim for him the higher title, I may say that Tieck, whose opinion on such a matter will be received with great respect, told me that Macready seemed to him a better actor than either Kean or John Kemble; and he only saw Macready in the early part of his long and arduous...
Page 27 - Drought here in that great-coat ? It is a stage great-coat, but was only worn by him twice ; the piece it was made for did not succeed, but it was such an expensive coat, I would not let him give it away ; and doesn't he look well in it...
Page 105 - I am too much i' the sun. Queen Good Hamlet, cast thy nighted colour off, And let thine eye look like a friend on Denmark. Do not for ever with thy veiled lids Seek for thy noble father in the dust: Thou know'st 'tis common; all that lives must die, Passing through nature to eternity.

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