Personal Reminiscences of Henry Irving

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 21, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 424 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 1 includes reminiscences of Irving's Shakespeare, performances of The Bells, Faust and Tennyson's plays, Ellen Terry's acting, and his appearances in America.
 

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Contents

THE OLD SCHOOL AND THE NEW
12
FRIENDSHIP
25
HoNouRs FROM DUBLIN UNIVERSITY
35
CONVERGING STREAMS
42
JOINING FoRcEs
55
IRVING BEGINS MANAGEMENT
72
SHAKESPEARE PLAYSI
83
SHAKESPEARE PLAYSII
93
THE VALUE OF EXPERIMENT
173
TIIE PuLsE OF THE PUBLIC
185
TENNYSON AND ms PLAvsI
197
TENNYsoN AND IIIs PLAYSII
209
TENNYsoN AND HIS PLAYSIII
224
TENNYSON AND ms PLAYSIV
240
WATERLOO KING ARTHUR DoN QUIXOTE
247
ART AND HAZARD
259

SHAKESPEARE PLAYSIII
107
IRvINos METHOD
127
ARTSENSE I4I XV STAGE EEPEcrs
141
VANDENHOFF
276
CHARLES MATHEWS
277
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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.