Behind the Scenes with Edwin Booth

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FOREWORD

A NUMBER Of years ago a friend showed me a diary written at the time of a season spent with Edwin Booth -- a record of each day's happenings and talks. I then urged that this record be given to the world. I felt that it would be a great pity to lose those intimate stories and that they should be preserved and made public to color the previous Booth reminiscences. But that time did not seem to be the psychological moment for a book based on this material. Its writing has been delayed until the present.

When the eagerly awaited manuscript was finally completed, I was enchanted by its authentic picture of the theatre at its best. I should like to put this book into the hands of every actor, young or seasoned in the theatre. The whole theatre grows large in the genius, the art, and the character of this man. Particularly, the book should be an inspiration to the youth of the stage.

Here we have given us a rare record of a complete season, day by day, picturing our great genius of the theatre in his dressing-room, in the wings, in his private car. One is literally taken back of the curtain of the tragedian's life on tour. And it is delightful to know that one is permitted to share intimately a memory of Edwin Booth's happiest season in the theatre. Not the happiest period of his private life, not the most brilliant in his professional career, but its happiest 'forty weeks' -- perhaps owing to the three young girls whom

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