Other Days: Being Chronicles and Memories of the Stage

Other Days: Being Chronicles and Memories of the Stage

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Other Days: Being Chronicles and Memories of the Stage

Other Days: Being Chronicles and Memories of the Stage

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It has been my fortune and privilege, during a period of more than fifty years, to be closely associated with the men and women of the Theatre. Some of them have been comrades of mine; intimate friends; daily associates; accustomed to tell me of their joys and sorrows, and to ask and to follow my counsel in the conduct of their professional lives. Their rivalries and the contests of their coteries have surged around me; their triumphs have engaged my pen; their defeats have elicited my sympathy; and,—as it is a happiness to remember,—their finer achievements have, in many instances, been recorded and celebrated, in such a way as to gratify, cheer, and help them, by my literary zeal and industry. I have observed them closely and I have found them exceedingly interesting: sometimes humorous; sometimes pathetic; always sensitive; often sweet and gentle; still more frequently unconventional, hopeful, and gay, and therefore charming companions. My memories of them are numerous and pleasant; and, in view of many requests that have reached me for my Recollections of the Theatre, I have concluded that a veteran scribe of the stage may, without offence to good taste, indulge in personal talk about the players whom he . . .

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