Life and Art of Joseph Jefferson: Together with Some Account of His Ancestry and of the Jefferson Family of Actors

Life and Art of Joseph Jefferson: Together with Some Account of His Ancestry and of the Jefferson Family of Actors

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Life and Art of Joseph Jefferson: Together with Some Account of His Ancestry and of the Jefferson Family of Actors

Life and Art of Joseph Jefferson: Together with Some Account of His Ancestry and of the Jefferson Family of Actors

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ABOUT fourteen years ago, at the kind suggestion of my thoughtful friend Laurence Hutton, I wrote an account of the Jefferson Family of Actors, which was published in 1881, under the name of The Jeffersons, as one of the American Actor Series, projected and supervised by him. The present Memoir is a complete revision of that biography. The story has been rectified, augmented, re-arranged, and in part re-written, -- so that this work is, practically, new. It certainly is more ample and more authentic than its predecessor, and therefore more worthy of its interesting subject and of the public favour. In the composition of it I have drawn upon dramatic writings in the New York Tribune, since 1865, and in other publications, notably my Brief Chronicles. The beauty and greatness of the dramatic art and the possible dignity and utility of the stage are better known and understood now than they were in former times, and I have assumed that the achievements of an exceptionally talented family of actors may be deemed worthy of commemoration. The Jefferson family has been upon the stage, continuously, for five generations, and in this narrative an effort has been made to trace its history along one unbroken line, throughout that time. The English historic period traversed by this biography begins with the reign of George the Second, in 1727. The American . . .

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