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much pleasant to look upon.       Orlando  was very tolerable good.
Touchstone excellent,   and Jacques was damnably marred to
the point of stagey perfection by Wallack.   He gesticulated,
his voice rose and fell,  he made points  of nothing, he uttered
little phrases in style befitting a threat of murder,   he strutted,
he soliloquized like a stage struck snob   out upon him!
  Pre-Raphealitism is needed on the stage, I trow.  What mis-
erable, execrable conventionalities they do!      Why, Jacques must
een strut in front of the foot lights to give his speech on
the Seven Ages of Life   all the rest gazing like asses on a
common, or undertakers at a funeral.          I d have him sit
at the end of the table head on hand, and give it in thought
ful contemplative mood,  uncaring for all going on around him.
The banished Duke might bend forwards to list to his
words,  or Amiens; but the rest should be filling wine
cups, quartering deer, what you will.    What the devil
would Jacques care about them? instead of haranging them like
a pot-house demagogue.      And there should be huge black
bearded fellows lying around, and deer hounds; foresters with
sleeves tucked up;  antlers, hunting horns, boughs and rushes
all about.            Besides, to see the execrable absurdity of
transferring  Jacques  soliloquy on the stricken deer from the mouth
of the First Lord to his own;   he, who in the next scene
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Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five: page two hundred and fourteen
Description:Comments on a production of ''As You Like It.''
Date:1853-06-06
Subject:Actors; Gunn, Thomas Butler; Theater; Wallack, James William
Coverage (City/State):[New York, New York]
Scan Date:2011-02-07

 

Volume
Title:Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries, Volume Five
Description:Includes descriptions of Gunn looking for drawing and writing work among New York publishers, witnessing a fire at a chocolate factory, attending a religious camp meeting, his friendship with Lotty Whytal, the 1852 presidential election, a visit to Niagara Falls in the winter, a visit to Toronto, Canada, and the Crystal Palace in New York.
Subject:Gunn, Thomas Butler; Railroad; Publishers and publishing; Religion; Travel; Women
Coverage (City/State):New York, New York; Niagara, New York; Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Note:Thomas Butler Gunn was born February 15, 1826, in Banbury, England, and came to New York in 1849. During the Civil War he worked as a correspondent for the New York Tribune and the New York Evening Post. He returned to England in 1863, and died in Birmingham in April 1903. The collection includes twenty-one volumes of his diaries, including newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, sketches, and various other items inserted by Gunn. Diary entries date from July 7, 1849, to April 7, 1863, and include his experiences with the New York publishing and literary world, his descriptions of boarding houses, his travels throughout the United States, and his experiences traveling with the Federal army as a Civil War correspondent.
Publisher:Missouri History Museum
Rights:Copyright 2011 Missouri History Museum.
Source:Page images, transcriptions, and metadata of the Thomas Butler Gunn diaries have been provided by the Missouri History Museum.