Forum Volume 29

Forum Volume 29

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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. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ... room only," and has made a fortune for manager, author, and actress. Mr. Barrie himself dramatized the book, and it is said that when the play is given in New York and other large cities his royalties average $1,000 a week. Yet it was Barrie who said to Mr. Frohman, just after the novel had been published, "One thing I am sure of, there is no play in it." A playwright with whom the manager consulted agreed with the author that no successful play could be made out of it. Some months later, Mr. Barrie came over here to attend an International Copyright meeting. A few days after his arrival he saw John Drew and Maude Adams in " Rosemary." After the performance he dashed into the manager's office, exclaiming, "I have just seen my Lady Babbie on your stage, and I will write the play for her." William Gillette's " Sherlock Holmes" is a model piece of construction, and, as played by him at the Garrick Theatre, was so successful that at any performance it would have required a Sherlock Holmes to discover a vacant seat. The merit in the dramatization lies in the fact that Mr. Gillette, who made it, has put all the mystery of a book of 340 pages into a play of two hours and a half, and has preserved all the characteristics of a collection of thirty stories, without using one of these. He has simply taken the main character of the book, and has preserved his traits so well that, although the scenes of the play are entirely original, the audience feels the book through it all. ' Ben Hur," as dramatized by William Young, and "The Pride of Jennico," by Mrs. Abbey Sage Richardson and Miss Grace Furniss, are excellent specimens of stage-craft; and Mrs. Fiske's production of "Becky...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 17mm | 572g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236940571
  • 9781236940575