New PDF release: A biographical dictionary of actors, actresses, musicians,

By Philip H. Highfill, Kalman A. Burnim, Edward A. Langhans

ISBN-10: 0809305178

ISBN-13: 9780809305179

To be accomplished in 12 volumes, this enormous paintings the following starts publica­tion with the 1st volumes—Abaco to Bertie and Bertin to Byzard. whilst accomplished, it really is anticipated that the bio­graphical dictionary will comprise informa­tion on greater than 8,500 individuals. Hundreds of revealed assets were looked for this undertaking, and dozens of repositories combed, and the names of body of workers indexed were filtered via parish registers at any time when attainable. From released and unpublished assets, from wills, records societies and guilds, from documents of schools, uni­versities, and golf equipment, and from the contri­butions of selfless students, the authors have the following assembled fabric which il­luminates theatrical and musical job in London within the 1660–1800 period. The details the following accumulated will without doubt be augmented through different spe­cialists in recovery and eighteenth-century theatre and drama, however it isn't really most probably that the variety of people referred to now absolutely or conjectured ultimately to were attached with theatrical en­terprise during this interval will ever be in­creased significantly. definitely, the contributions made the following upload immeasurably to current wisdom, and in a couple of situations right commonplace histories or reference works. The accompanying illustrations, esti­mated to be a few 1,400 likenesses—at least one photo of every topic for whom a portrait exists—may end up to be a use­ful characteristic of the paintings. The authors have long past past embellishment of the textual content, and feature tried to checklist all origi­nal graphics any wisdom of that's now recoverable, and feature attempted to ascer­tain the current place of pix in each medium.

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An effort has been made to follow many British performers to foreign engagements and into the nineteenth century, but we do not claim exhaustive treatment for foreign performers or for those whose careers were principally outside our terminal dates. We hope that we have been restrained in our employment of anecdotes, which are abundant and, often, apocryphal. It has sometimes been necessary to report a good but fictitious story of widespread currency in order to impeach it. Separating an actor from his legends is, after all, a delicate and painful operation not only because some excellent stories may be true but because most are at least illustrative of traits of character and thus possess some inner truthfulness.

For the innumerable courtesies of Dr O. B. Hardison, the present Director of the Folger Library, and of the Associate Director and sometime Acting Director Dr Philip Knachel, we also make warm acknowledgment. To Miss Helen Willard, Curator Emeritus of the Harvard Theatre Collection, we owe a great debt for the patience and courtesy with which over many years we have been received at that splendid treasury. We are especially grateful for permission to photograph some hundreds of pictures. To Mr George W.

Sayce of the Worcester College Library; Miss Neda M. Westlake of the Van Pelt Library, University of Pennsylvania; Miss M. Y. Williams of the Minet Library, Lambeth Public Library, the Rev G. C. Taylor, Rector, and Mr P. H. Wheatland, Verger, St Giles in the Fields. Mr J. C. Morgan, Mr J. Ballantyne, and Miss M. Swarbrick, Westminster Public Library. Page xiv By far the greatest number of the portraits which we reproduce in these volumes comes from the prints and engravings in the Harvard Theatre Collection.

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