Italian Actors of the Renaissance

Italian Actors of the Renaissance

Italian Actors of the Renaissance

Italian Actors of the Renaissance

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This little book is the outgrowth of studies undertaken a number of years ago in connection with my volume, The Commedia dell' Arte, published in New York in 1912. It makes no great claim to originality or even to completeness of scholarly record, but only attempts to present accurately to English readers a few of the outstanding and picturesque figures in the Italian theater during and shortly after Shakespeare's lifetime, some of whom the Elizabethan dramatists may possibly have seen and of most of whom they certainly had heard. The lives of these men and women, vivid in themselves, are somewhat important also in the history of their profession, since their trials and triumphs show clearly the un-

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