Memoirs of Edv. Alleyn, Founder of Dulwich College; Edit. by Pagne Collier

Memoirs of Edv. Alleyn, Founder of Dulwich College; Edit. by Pagne Collier

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1841 edition. Excerpt: ...the most important event of Alleyn's life. We now arrive at the period when he seems to have taken the first step to carry this great and benevolent project into execution. How long anterior to this date he had contemplated the possibility of such an undertaking, we cannot determine; but, having considerable estates and no family, it was natural that in his 47th year, which he had now attained, he should take into consideration the best and most beneficial mode of disposing of his possessions. The story told by credulous Aubrey, that Alleyn was worked upon by having seen the apparition of the Devil, while playing a daemon in one of Shakespeare's plays, is merely ridiculous: first of all, Alleyn had left off playing before he appears to have entertained the intention of devoting his afiluence to purposes of charity: next, he would not have condescended to play such a part as that of a daemon; and, thirdly, we have no direct evidence to establish that he ever played in any of Shakespeare's plays, though there is little doubt he represented the hero in dramas founded upon some of the same stories or events. It is possible that the absurd report originated in an event recorded in " The Blacke Booke," by Middleton, printed in 1604, where it is said (Sign. B. 4, ) that on one occasion " the old theatre" (the Rose) " cracked and frighted the audience," while a devil was upon the stage in Marlowe's " Faustus," the hero of which, there is no doubt, Alleyn sustained. This incident may have been exaggerated and distorted into Aubrey's tradition; and we may be quite sure that when Alleyn avowed his purpose of establishing his College, the Puritans, and the other enemies of theatrical...show more

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  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 159g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236558251
  • 9781236558251