Maude Adams: An Intimate Portrait

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I HAVE DEPENDED constantly upon the advice and encouragement given me by Mrs. Frederick Gore King, a friend whom Miss Adams greatly valued. Mrs. King, through her knowledge of books and people, has been a wise counselor. I wish I knew how to thank her.

My sincere gratitude is due to Lady Cynthia Asquith and Mr. Peter Davies for their permission to quote many letters of Sir James M. Barrie, and to Mr. Francis M. Drake for permission to include the writings of his aunt, Miss Louise Boynton.

I appreciate the kindness of Miss Adams's cousins, Mr. William P. Adams, Mr. Donald S. Kiskadden, and Mrs. Frederick G. Ringle, in supplying me with family history and anecdotes, letters, and photographs.

Many of Miss Adams's friends have given me the benefit of their long association with her, and I am sincerely grateful to them for the memories they have contributed:

To Miss Louise Dudley for passages from her article in Theatre Arts; Dr. Theodore Dunham for reading and correcting the pages about Mt. Wilson, and for his letter. For various anecdotes: Miss Sally Fairchild; Mrs. Bruce W. Fordham; Miss Mary Gorman; Miss Ruth Gordon, taken from her article in The Stage; Miss Frances C. Griscom; Mr. Lloyd C. Griscom; Mrs. G. Frederick Hawkins; Miss Nan C. Hodgkins; Miss Mildred Howells; Mother Elizabeth Keating; Mother Helen M. Lynch, from her book, In the Shadow of Our Lady of the Cenacle, Paulist Press, New York; Mrs. Edward C. Moën; Mr. and Mrs. Hugh B. Reilly; and to Mr. Homer Saint-Gaudens, for his wealth of reminiscences.

Special thanks are due to Harvard University for many


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