Richard Mansfield: The Man and the Actor

Richard Mansfield: The Man and the Actor

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Richard Mansfield: The Man and the Actor

Richard Mansfield: The Man and the Actor

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This work was undertaken with the intention of making a permanent record of the events and achievements of Richard Mansfield's life and of presenting through them the personal side of his large and complex character 'as he revealed it to his intimates. The only real acquaintance the public had with him was through the personality of the characters which he acted. No attempt has been made to give a searching analysis of these characterisations, for this is a record of facts rather than of opinions. Wherever this purpose appears to have been departed from, it has been only with the idea of offering side-lights which would illuminate the facts.

The narrative is based first of all on the confidences of his wife; on my own intimate acquaintance extending over the last ten years of his life; and on unreserved access to all his papers and letters. It has been elaborated and verified by the generous coöperation of friends and collectors in many parts of America and England, to whom I beg to offer this word of thanks. As often as possible he has been permitted to reveal himself in his . . .

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