John Barrymore, Shakespearean Actor

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Cambridge University Press, 1997 - Biography & Autobiography - 418 pages
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 twentieth century. "This young artist, profiting by the lessons of tradition...casts it boldly aside and emerges into the rarefied atmosphere of a new art, greater because it is new, stronger because it is built upon an old foundation." Brooklyn Times, March 9, 1920

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Contents

The Education of an Actor 18821919
32
The Productions
67
Richard III 1920
69
Hamlet 19221924
122
The London Hamlet 1925
242
Aftermath
261
Shakespeare in Hollywood 19251942
263
Epilogue
299
Appendixes
307
The Casts
309
The Texts
323
Notes
331
Selected Bibliography
385
Index
393
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