The Tragic Actor

The Tragic Actor

The Tragic Actor

The Tragic Actor

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Although my debt to Mr. A. C. Sprague, Mr. Alan S. Downer and Mr. J. S. Wilson is very obvious I cannot deny myself the pleasure of explicit and grateful acknowledgment. From Franklyn Kelsey, Hesketh Pearson and Beatrice Forbes-Robertson I have had that invaluable help which can be given only by those who have practised and understand the art of acting and who actually remember the stage of forty to fifty years and more ago. My way has also been made smoother by Mr. Hamish Hamilton, Mr. G. W. Nash of the Enthoven Collection, and Dr. W. A. Armstrong of King's College, London. I am indebted to the Librarian of Bristol University and to his staff for their unstinted aid and attention, especially in obtaining illustrations. For illustrations, too, I have to thank the courtesy of the Trustees of the British Museum, Bodley's Librarian, the City Librarian of the City and County of Bristol, the Harry R. Beard Theatre Collection and the Raymond Mander and Joe Mitchenson Theatre Collection. And last I must express my gratitude for the deepening and enriching of my understandi of acting -- present and past -- which I owe to Daphne Heard of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and to Duncan Ross, its Principal.

I am indebted to the Colston Research Society for the purchase of a microfilm of the Journal of J. P. Kemble, and for a grant towards the cost of illustrations.

B. L. J.

Bristol, May, 1958.

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