The Cosmopolitan Volume 23

The Cosmopolitan Volume 23

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ...closely identified. The actor is undoubtedly the ninth direct-(lSCll(ll11t of his famous ancestor. who, more than any other one man, lifted the dramatic profession out of the disreputable condition in which it was at the beginning of the seventeenth century. I have the Danjuro family tree on a diagram dravn for me by the great actor's own playwright and friend, Fukuchi Gen-ichiro. It appears from it that the second and third Danjuro were direct male descendants; that the fourth Danjuro was the son of a daughter of the second Danjuro, who married an actor. Then came the fifth and sixth Danjuros, in direct male succession; but the seventh Danjuro was the son of the the female side of the house, if the great actor is to have a successor. Danjuro lives in a conunodious house in the theatrical quarter of Tokyo. It nmst be remembered that only of late years has the drama been recognized as a respectable occupation, and it is not now in such high esteem as in Europe or America. Danjuro is the only Japanese actor ever invited to play before the Emperor. This he did about ten years ago, and he is prouder of the incident than of all his other achievements. His daughters told me that they observed the He had once acted with a Russian actress and had been invited to go to St. Petersburg. Not accepting this, he vas now too old, and his health was not good enough to undertake such a change and the excitement of such a journey. He had heard nmch of America and was glad to meet American friends, but he would never be able to see our great country. General Grant, he said. had honored him by attending his theater, and among his cherished souvenirs was a beautiful silk stage curtain given him by the American soldier. The famous actor spoke hopefully of the...show more

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  • Paperback | 316 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 17mm | 567g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236789261
  • 9781236789266