Theatrical Rambles of Mr. & Mrs. John Greene by Charles Durang 1854, Edited William Slout 1987
Theatrical Rambles of Mr. & Mrs. John Greene by Charles Durang first appeared in the New York Clipper in weekly installments from Feb. 18, 1865 through October 13, 1865. First Edition.
William L. Slout has here edited Durang's "Rambles" for Clipper Studies in the American Theatre Number One, 1987 and provided a brief preface to the acting history of the Greenes as well as valuable notes and bibliography.
Charles Durang (1796 - 1870), an actor and dancer of the period, knew this period of American theater intimately as well as the people he mentioned. He is also remembered for writing a fine history of the Philadelphia Stag from 11749 to 1855.
As the editor notes, Durang's Rambles will "furnish the reader with a full and satisfying experience of early American theatrical life." Actually, the book is more than that:
* It is a treasure house of odd bits of information about actors, theater facts, life around theater people and social life in general during the first half the 19th century.
For example, as Mrs. Greene speaks as Floranthe in The Mountaineers, "I love thee for thy heart, dear Sadi." a voice from the audience shouts: "I know you do, you seducer of other women's husbands."
This paperback copy of Clipper Studies Vol. 1 publishing "The Theatrical Rambles of Mr. & Mrs. Greene" is in very good condition-- no marks, no tears, clear throughout, little if any shelf wear, only signs of handling on the back cover.
The book measures 5 1/4 inches by 8 1/4 inches by 3/8 inch and has 142 pages.