The Life of Edmund Kean Volume 1 Frederick William Hawkins

ISBN: 9781230216829

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The Life of Edmund Kean Volume 1  by  Frederick William Hawkins

The Life of Edmund Kean Volume 1 by Frederick William Hawkins
and Original Sources class=bookCoverImage itemprop=image src=http://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/photo.goodreads.com/books/1428101454l/25282259._UY124_.jpg title=The Life of Edmund Kean- from Published and Original Sources | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 86 pages | ISBN: 9781230216829 | 9.11 Mb

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. 1869 edition. Excerpt: ... that the classicalMoreThis 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. 1869 edition. Excerpt: ... that the classical acquirements displayed by the tragedian subsequent to his appearance in London could not by any means have been attained at the schools in Orange-court, Chapel-street, Green-street, or during his sorrowful career as a strolling player.

These facts and probabilities go far to establish the authority of the tradition in question- and when it is remembered that this strong circumstantial evidence is opposed by nothing more conclusive than the occasional imperfectness of the tragedians Latin, we are justified, I think, in arriving at a conclusion that Edmund Kean, the greatest actor of modern times, imbibed his fine taste for classical literature at Eton.

In March, 1806, we alight from these somewhat aerial discursions upon firm, tenable ground. Eighteen years of age, he is at Dumfries, low comedian in the company managed by the celebrated Moss--a bright name associated with the most melancholy history. Kean is earnestly addressing himself to the task of overcoming the difficulties of his art- he is giving himself up with no restraint to the prosecution of his ambitious views- following up the path which he had marked out for his pursuit many years before, he deviates neither to the right nor to the left- awake while others were sleeping, he makes himself au fait in everything necessary to his profession- and if it was the merest chance that eventually recalled him from the obscurity of rural shades, it was his own indomitable firmness and perseverance which brought him under the notice of those who guided him into the tide that wafted him to fame and fortune.

The regard which Edmund entertained for his manager was thoroughly reciprocated. Indeed Mosss attachment to his low comedian was so marked that it exposed the...



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