Autograph letter signed, one page, April 30, n.y. To the American actor, Lawrence Barrett.

BUCHANAN, ROBERT.

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Autograph letter signed, one page, 8vo, 11a Park Road, Regents Park N.W., April 30, n.y. To the American actor, Lawrence Barrett: "I hope to have the pleasure of bringing you the M.S. of Doctor Dee very speedily. As the script is somewhat rough, perhaps you would permit me to read it to you, but that must be according to your wish & leisure. I hope you are thinking seriously of Hamlet.'' Verso of integral leaf slightly torn (removed from an album); slightly soiled, but in very good condition. This letter probably dates from the spring of 1884 when Barrett took over the management of the Lyceum Theatre in London, during its owner, Henry Irving's first visit to the United States. DAB notes that although Barrett's "engagement there was productive of no financial success, he was received cordially in professional and artistic circles, and was the recipient of many social attentions, including a banquet given in his honor.''

Robert Williams Buchanan (1841&1901); English poet and novelist. "During his student years he became an ardent devotee of the theatre, and especially of Shakespeare; in his reminiscences he describes how one particular production of King Lear 'focused [his] feelings into humanitarianism, and gave to [his] mind no little of the human sympathy which it possesses' (ibid., 34). He also made the acquaintance of various actors, among them the young Henry Irving. A fellow student at the university, David Gray, became a close friend, and together they developed a passionate enthusiasm for poetry...." (ODNB) (Item ID: 6187)



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