This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...also, that he first became imbued with a desire to be an actor, an ambition inspired by reading an article on the early struggle ...Read MoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...also, that he first became imbued with a desire to be an actor, an ambition inspired by reading an article on the early struggle and final success of Sir Henry Irving. "I made up my mind," said Mr. Miller, "to emulate him, to work earnestly as he had worked, and, if possible, to gain something of the success that he had even then attained. At fifteen I became the pupil in elocution of the late C. W. Couldock, and, besides getting at his hands four years of excellent training in the Shakespearian drama, I had the good fortune to form an affectionate friendship with him that endured until the time of his death." Mr. Miller made his professional debut just before his nineteenth birthday, as a member of a stock company in Toronto. His first part was that of the bleeding sergeant in "Macbeth." The season in Toronto was not a very successful one, and as the weeks passed by without the customary pedestrianism on the part of the ghost, the old members of the company sought other fields. So it happened that before the end of his first season, Mr. Miller found himself playing the leading juvenile r6les in the classic drama. In 1878, Mr. Miller became a member of Modjeska's company, sharing the general utility r6les with Robert Mantell. With Modjeska he was billed as J. H. Miller. One of his best characters was Paris in "Romeo and Juliet." Two seasons with Adelaide Neilson followed, during which time he acted Peter in "Measure for Measure," Paris in "Romeo and Juliet," Arviragus in "Cymbeline," and Oliver in "As You Like It." He took part in Miss Neilson's farewell performance in New York, and then, after a short engagement with Ada Cavendish, he joined Augustin Daly's forces, ...Read Less
Octavo, illustrated with 25 photographs of actors in character, original burgundy cloth, elaborate gold-stamped decorated front cover and spine signed "AB, " top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed. First edition. Biographies and notable performances of the leading contemporary actors at the turn of the century, 1899-1900, starting with Joseph Jefferson. A second volume (Second Series) was published in 1902. A companion volume to FAMOUS ACTRESSES OF THE DAY IN AMERICA. Hint of rubbing to extremities of cloth, a fine copy of a pretty book. (#129289)
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