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Life on the Stage   By: (1849-1925)

Life on the Stage by Clara Morris

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Life on the Stage

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[Illustration: Frontispiece, photograph of Clara Morris]


Life on the Stage

My Personal Experiences and Recollections

New York

McClure, Phillips & Co.


Copyright, 1901, by S. S. MCCLURE CO.



In memory of a labor shared, I affectionately dedicate this book to my husband.



CHAPTER SECOND Beginning Early, I Learn Love, Fear, and Hunger I Become Acquainted with Letters, and Alas! I Lose One of my Two Illusions

CHAPTER THIRD I Enter a New World I Know a New Hunger and we Return to Cleveland

CHAPTER FOURTH I am Led into the Theatre I Attend Rehearsals I am Made Acquainted with the Vagaries of Tights

CHAPTER FIFTH I Receive my First Salary I am Engaged for the Coming Season

CHAPTER SIXTH The Regular Season Opens I have a Small Part to Play I am among Lovers of Shakespeare I too Stand at his Knee and Fall under the Charm

CHAPTER SEVENTH I find I am in a "Family Theatre" I Fare Forth away from my Mother, and in Columbus I Shelter under the wing of Mrs. Bradshaw

CHAPTER EIGHTH I Display my New Knowledge I Return to Cleveland to Face my First Theatrical Vacation, and I Know the very Tragedy of Littleness

CHAPTER NINTH The Season Reopens I meet the Yellow Breeches and become a Utility Man Mr. Murdock Escapes Fits and my "Luck" Proves to be Extra Work

CHAPTER TENTH With Mr. Dan. Setchell I Win Applause A Strange Experience comes to Me I Know Both Fear and Ambition The Actress is Born at Last

CHAPTER ELEVENTH My Promiscuous Reading wins me a Glass of Soda The Stage takes up my Education and Leads me through Many Pleasant Places

CHAPTER TWELFTH The Peter Richings' Engagement brings me my First Taste of Slander Anent the Splendor of my Wardrobe, also my First Newspaper Notice

CHAPTER THIRTEENTH Mr. Roberts Refers to Me as "That Young Woman," to My Great Joy I Issue the "Clara Code" I Receive my First Offer of Marriage

CHAPTER FOURTEENTH Mr. Wilkes Booth comes to us, the whole Sex Loves him Mr. Ellsler Compares him to his Great Father Our Grief and Horror over the Awful Tragedy at Washington

CHAPTER FIFTEENTH Mr. R. E. J. Miles His two Horses and our Woful Experience with the Substitute "Wild Horse of Tartary"

CHAPTER SIXTEENTH I perform a Remarkable Feat, I Study King Charles in One Afternoon and Play Without a Rehearsal Mrs. D. P. Bowers makes Odd Revelation

CHAPTER SEVENTEENTH Through Devotion to my Friend, I Jeopardize my Reputation I Own a Baby on Shares Miss Western's Pathetic Speech

CHAPTER EIGHTEENTH Mr. Charles W. Couldock His Daughter Eliza and his Many Peculiarities

CHAPTER NINETEENTH I Come to a Turning Point in my Dramatic Life I play my First Crying Part with Miss Sallie St. Clair

CHAPTER TWENTIETH I have to pass through Bitter Humiliation to win High Encomiums from Herr Bandmann; while Edwin Booth's Kindness Fills the Theatre with Pink Clouds, and I Float Thereon

CHAPTER TWENTY FIRST I Digress, but I Return to the Columbus Engagement of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kean Their Peculiarities and their Work

CHAPTER TWENTY SECOND I hear Mrs. Kean's Story of Wolsey's Robe I laugh at an Extravagantly Kind Prophecy

CHAPTER TWENTY THIRD Mr. E. L. Davenport, his Interference, his Lecture on Stage Business, his Error of Memory or too Powerful Imagination Why I remain a Dramatic Old Slipper Contemptuous Words arouse in me a Dogged Determination to become a Leading Woman before leaving Cleveland

CHAPTER TWENTY FOURTH I recall the Popularity and too early Death of Edwin Adams

CHAPTER TWENTY FIFTH I See an Actress Dethroned I make myself a Promise, for the World does Move

CHAPTER TWENTY SIXTH Mr. Lawrence Barrett the Brilliant and his Brother Joseph the Unfortunate

CHAPTER TWENTY SEVENTH I Play "Marie" to Oblige Mr. Barrett's Remarkable Call Did I Receive a Message from the Dying or the Dead?

CHAPTER TWENTY EIGHTH I accept an Engagement with Mr... Continue reading book >>

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