The Life of Henry Irving - Vol. 2

The Life of Henry Irving - Vol. 2

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The Life of Henry Irving - Vol. 2

The Life of Henry Irving - Vol. 2

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Boston--Philadelphia--" Hamlet " produced--A musical serenade-- A presentation -- Social entertainments and celebrities -- Chicago conquered--Enthusiasm of the press--" Much Ado About Nothing " produced --A great reception--Speech of thanks--Other cities--Washington, Irving meets President Arthur--Reappearance in New York--" Much Ado " runs for three weeks there--Irving's valedictory speech--A triumphal result-- Farewell banquets -- The return to England--Mr. Winter's poem of Farewell.

ON the following Monday, 26th November, Irving opened in Philadelphia, at the Chestnut Street Opera House, in " Louis XI. " From the first moment that he appeared on the stage until the end, he held his audience captive. His Shylock, also, made a profound impression, although some of the critics were not in accordance with his view of the character. But his great triumph in Philadelphia was as Hamlet, which he there acted for the first time in America. Edwin Booth was well remembered and greatly liked in that part, and Irving had to overcome the remembrance and the liking. But he kept his audience enthralled, and the papers were very just to him. "Mr. Irving presented a Hamlet last evening that was entirely consistent with itself and with the play, and the most virile, picturesque, and lovable Hamlet that has ever been seen on the stage," said the Ledger . "There was great variety in his moods and manners. He realised Goethe's idea of a born prince--gentle, thoughtful, and of most moral nature, without the strength of nerve to make a hero. There was, indeed, the fullest variety given to the part; it was dramatically interesting, and a clearly marked, intelligent study that more than realised the expectations that have been formed of the personation." Again, "in . . .

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