Born this day in the year 1857, Richard Mansfield.
Daily Reading May 24
- Richard Mansfield, Vol. XVII Pt. II: 61-79
Volume XVII is Autobiography: Writers, Actors. Mansfield was an actor. The selection is his “Man and the Actor” which appeared in Atlantic Monthly (1906).
This was a bit surprising. From Amazon:
This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important, and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work was reproduced from the original artifact, and remains as true to the original work as possible. Therefore, you will see the original copyright references, library stamps (as most of these works have been housed in our most important libraries around the world), and other notations in the work.
This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work.
Apparently, a fellow named Paul Wilstach published a biography of Mansfield, Richard Mansfield the Man and the Actor, in 1908 (the year after Mansfield’s death). It is to this book that the Amazon blurb refers. Not exactly sure why one would pay Amazon $22.95 for a paperback version since the digitized original is at Archive.
I skimmed. I speak only for myself when I say I have better things to do this day than plod through a rather long-winded essay advocating for a National Theatre.
Stay well. Keep reading. Tomorrow’s Daily Reading will be much more interesting.