The Encyclopedia Americana; A Library of Universal Knowledge Volume 1

The Encyclopedia Americana; A Library of Universal Knowledge Volume 1

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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. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ...7 Aug. 1867. The discrepancies about his birth and training are monstrous and indicate invention on one side. One is that he was a mulatto, born near Baltimore about 1810, who picked up German from immigrants, became Edmond Kean's servant, and developed stage talent under him in England, returned and made a theatrical failure in Baltimore 1830-31, then went back to England and became famous. The other is that he was son of a full-blooded negro pastor in New York city (Greene Street Chapel), an immigrant Senegal chieftain converted and educated, who sent his son to Glasgow University to study for the same profession, despite a passion for the stage justified by successful amateur performances; but the boy (at this point the stories coincide) dropped theology and made his debut at the Royal Theatre as Othello. He took at once, and Kean made him Othello to his Iago in Belfast. He played Shakespearean roles in London till 1852, regarded as an excellent interpreter in all, but most liked in color-parts, such as Othello, Aaron in 'Titus Andronicus, ' Rolla, Zanga, etc. He then played in Brussels and Germany 1852--55; the King of Sweden invited him to Stockholm in 1857. The Continent ranked him one of the foremost actors of the age, and the greatest sovereigns, with cities like Bern, show ered honors and decorations on him and made him member of all sorts of learned societies. He married an Englishwoman. He was on his way to an engagement in Saint Petersburg when he died. ALDROVANDI, al'dro-van'de, Ulisse, Italian naturalist: b. Bologna, 11 Sept. 1522; d. 10 May 1605. He aroused interest in the natural sciences at-a time when they had been long neglected, wrote profusely on natural history subjects, established the Botanical Garden of Bologna...show more

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  • Paperback | 748 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 38mm | 1,311g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236889657
  • 9781236889652