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Personal Reminiscences of Henry Irving

Volume 1


  • Date Published: February 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108057431

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  • The greatest actor of his day, Sir Henry Irving (1838–1905) thrilled audiences with his tragedy and melodrama, his Hamlet and Richard III, most famously at the Lyceum Theatre in London. Born John Henry Brodribb, he took the name Irving for his first professional stage appearance in 1856. A long and exhausting apprenticeship followed, during which he played some 700 roles in theatres up and down the country before establishing his reputation in 1871 in the psychological thriller The Bells. In 1878, he took over the Lyceum and here, with his business manager Bram Stoker (1847–1912) and actress Ellen Terry (rumoured to be his mistress), he became the theatrical icon of his age. This engaging two-volume tribute by Stoker, his closest friend, was first published in 1906. Volume 1 includes reminiscences of Irving's Shakespeare, performances of The Bells, Faust and Tennyson's plays, Ellen Terry's acting and his appearances in America.

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    • Date Published: February 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108057431
    • length: 424 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.62kg
    • contains: 17 b/w illus. 1 colour illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Earliest recollections of Henry Irving
    2. The old school and the new
    3. Friendship
    4. Honours from Dublin university
    5. Converging streams
    6. Joining forces
    7. The Lyceum productions
    8. Irving begins management
    9. Shakespeare plays - 1
    10. Shakespeare plays - 2
    11. Shakespeare plays - 3
    12. Shakespeare plays - 4
    13. Irving's method
    14. Art-sense
    15. Stage effects
    16. The value of experiment
    17. The pulse of the public
    18. Tennyson and his plays - 1
    19. Tennyson and his plays - 2
    20. Tennyson and his plays - 3
    21. Tennyson and his plays - 4
    22. Waterloo - King Arthur - Don Quixote
    23. Art and hazard
    24. Vandenhoff
    25. Charles Matthews
    26. Charles Dickens and Henry Irving
    27. Mr J. M. Levy
    28. Visits to America
    29. William Winter
    30. Performance at West Point
    31. American reporters
    32. Tours-de-force
    33. Christmas
    34. Irving as a social force
    35. Visits of foreign warships
    36. Irving's last reception at the Lyceum
    37. The voice of England
    38. Rival towns
    39. Two stories
    40. Sir Richard Burton
    41. Sir Henry Morton Stanley
    42. Arminius Vambéry.

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