John Barrymore, Shakespearean Actor

John Barrymore, Shakespearean Actor

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John Barrymore, Shakespearean Actor

John Barrymore's Richard III and Hamlet, first seen in New York during the 1919-20 and 1922-23 seasons, stand as high-water marks of twentieth-century Shakespearean interpretation. Michael Morrison reconstructs these historic performances through analysis of the production preparation, audience response, reviews, and memoirs. Tracing the Victorian and Edwardian antecedents of Shakespearean performance, this book situates Barrymore's distinctive contribution in light of past and ensuing tradition. As well, it provides a biographical sketch of one of the most revered and tragic actors of the 20th century.

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ISBN-13: 9780521620284
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 05/28/2014
Series: Cambridge Studies in American Theatre and Drama Series , #10
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.26(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and acknowledgements; Part I. Setting the Stage: Prologue: Legacies: 1. The education of an actor, 1882-1919; Part II. The Productions: 2. Richard III, 1920; 3. Hamlet, 1922-4; 4. The London Hamlet, 1925; Part III. Aftermath: 5. Shakespeare in Hollywood, 1925-42; Epilogue; Appendix A. The casts; Appendix B. The texts.

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