Lust for Fame: The Stage Career of John Wilkes Booth

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McFarland, Sep 1, 1998 - Performing Arts - 256 pages
The first book on Booth’s ten tumultuous years on the stage, with a wealth of rare period illustrations reproduced with special techniques yielding results of better quality than the originals. The book evaluates his performances through newspaper reviews and the recorded opinions of his contemporaries; it also separates Booth the actor from Booth the assassin. Previously unpublished letters are included, some in facsimile. John Wilkes’ famous brother Edwin was not necessarily the leading actor of his era: this book indicates why John Wilkes Booth might claim that distinction. One of the appendices is an exhaustive chronology of all his performances, and all fellow cast members.
 

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Contents

Juvenile Theater
12
First Stock Engagement
19
The First Season
25
The Second Season
35
A Rising Star
46
An Actor at MidCentury
52
A Native Son Is Welcomed
71
I Am Myself Alone
86
John Wilkes and the Ladies
129
Crescent City Under the Yankee Yoke
142
The Favorite City
149
Parlor Performances Among
155
Rationales
162
The Final Stage Is Set
171
Chapter Notes
181
Bibliography
191

Booth vs Forrest
98
Star of the First Magnitude
105
TourHopping at a Frantic Pace
116
Theater Enthusiast
123
Representative Casts
225
Index
235
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About the author (1998)

The late Gordon Samples was the director of Special Collections at San Diego State University. He was a long-standing collector-scholar of Lincoln and Booth material.

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