Personal Reminiscences of Henry Irving

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 21, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 434 pages
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The greatest actor of his day, Sir Henry Irving (1838-1905) thrilled audiences with his tragedy and melodrama, his Hamlet and Richard III, most famously at the Lyceum Theatre in London. Born John Henry Brodribb, he took the name Irving for his first professional stage appearance in 1856. A long and exhausting apprenticeship followed, during which he played some 700 roles in theatres up and down the country before establishing his reputation in 1871 in the psychological thriller The Bells. In 1878, he took over the Lyceum and here, with his business manager Bram Stoker (1847-1912) and actress Ellen Terry (rumoured to be his mistress), he became the theatrical icon of his age. This engaging two-volume tribute by Stoker, his closest friend, was first published in 1906. Volume 2 includes a fascinating account of Irving's acting techniques and his receipt of a knighthood - the first actor to be thus honoured.
 

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Contents

IRvINGS PHILOSOPHY OF HIS
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THE RIGHT HoN WILLIAM EWART GLADSTONE
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Irving Making Up Drawing by Paul Renouard Frontisfim pug
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THE EARL OF BEACONSFIELD
37
SIR WILLIAM PEARcE BART
43
STEPNIAK
53
E ONSLOW FORD R A
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Statue of Henry Irving as Hamlet By E Onslow Ford RA
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GENEVIEVE WARD
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JOHN LAwRENcE TOOLE
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Playbill J L Toole and Henry Irving
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ELLEN TERRY
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Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth By john Sargent R A
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Ellen Terry 1906
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FRESH HONOURS IN DUBLIN
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PERFoRMANcEs AT SANDRINGHAM AND VVINDSoR
212

SIR LAIJRENoE ALMATADEMA R A
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SIR EDWARD BURNEJoNES BART
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EDWIN A ABBEY R A
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J BERNARD PARTRIDGE
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ROBERT BROWNING
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WALT WHITMAN
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PAGE
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Letter Walt Whitman to Bram Stoker
97
JAMES WHITcoMB RILEY
112
ERNEST RENAN
114
LVIL HALL CAINE
115
IRVING AND DRAMATISTS
131
MUSICIANS
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LUDWIG BARNAY
151
CONSTANT CogUELIN LXII SARAH BERNHARDT
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Henry Irving and the Queen Drawing by Phil May
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PRESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES
229
KNIGHTHOOD
238
Portrait of Henry Irving By McLuar Hamilton
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HENRY IRVING AND UNIVERSITIES
244
ADVENTURES
266
Henry Irving Portrait By Edwin A Ward
275
BURNING OF THE LYCELM STORAGE
297
FINANCE
304
THE TURN OF THE TIDE
322
Irving as Philip II By McNeil Whistler
323
Irving at Sea in 1905
342
Henry Irving and John Hare Last photograph taken
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Bram Stoker was born in Dublin, Ireland on November 8, 1847. He was educated at Trinity College. He worked as a civil servant and a journalist before becoming the personal secretary of the famous actor Henry Irving. He wrote 15 works of fiction including Dracula, The Lady of the Shroud, and The Lair of the White Worm, which was made into film. He died on April 20, 1912.