Julia Marlowe, Her Life and Art

By Charles Edward Russell; John Davis Batchelder Collection (Library of Congress) | Go to book overview

CHAPTER XVI
THE RETURN

EDWARD HUGH SOTHERN, careful, conscientious, and talented actor, who had won in America to a place in public esteem equal to that once held by his celebrated father, had laid in high-class modern comedy the corner-stone of his reputation. Yet he had always looked beyond this to achievements in the classical and standard drama, and above all, in Shakespeare, of which he also was a devout student. In 1900 he had begun to carry out a long cherished ambition by producing "Hamlet" in a manner so artistic and satisfying as to compel the attention of the scholars and the applause of the critics. He had been subjected, almost at the outset, to singular misfortunes. In the first week of his first appearance in "Hamlet," playing at the Garden Theater, New York, while in the fencing scene with Laertes, the point of Laertes' foil, being driven downward, pierced Mr. Sothern's right foot. Blood poisoning followed, he must go to a hospital, and his tour must be canceled before it had fairly begun.

Actors are harsh to one another in prosperity; in times of trouble they have a ready and generous sympathy. Many of them sent Mr. Sothern letters

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