Julia Marlowe, Her Life and Art

Julia Marlowe, Her Life and Art

Julia Marlowe, Her Life and Art

Julia Marlowe, Her Life and Art

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On the authority of calculations projected in 1924, Julia Marlowe had then acted in the Shakespearean drama a greater number of times than any other actress of her own period or of any other, and had drawn to that drama a larger total audience than any other player had ever addressed in it.

Novitiate and all, her career in her art had spanned forty years. From her own inclining and by the main strength of her own resolute will, she had played Shakespeare in the face of the adverse wisdom, grave remonstrance and often the open hostility of theatrical managements, honestly sure of the lore of their craft that Shakespeare spelled ruin. Yet the records of the same years have set also this tradition at naught. After many seasons of her faith-inspired effort, the public was won to approve her judgment, not only with unprecedented attendance but with merchantable tokens of regard; for in the bald terms of the balance sheet, the total money receipts from her Shakespearean performances were the greatest in the history of the stage.

Therefore, she did what the world had long agreed to be impossible. She made of Shakespeare at once an artistic and a business success.

We are to have in this book the story of a career . . .

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