Forty Years on the Stage: Others (Principally) and Myself (Classic Reprint)

John Barnes (Dalhousie University)

Forty Years on the Stage: Others (Principally) and Myself (Classic Reprint)
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Forty Years on the Stage: Others (Principally) and Myself (Classic Reprint)

John Barnes (Dalhousie University)

Excerpt from Forty Years on the Stage: Others (Principally) And Myself I think I hear the reader say, What another actor’s reminiscences and I am fain to admit that there has been a plentiful crop of them in the last few years. Let me hasten to give my reason and ask excuse for adding mine to the list. In some articles I wrote on stage matters in the Nineteenth Century a few years ago, I was able to say with perfect truth, I have never been interviewed. Ihave neverinspireda paragraph. Ihave never made speeches, and I may add I have never been photographed except at the request of my manager at the time. I was taught, in my early days on the stage, that the actor’s duty was behind the proscenium, and that his best and most telling pronouncements were those made when the curtain was up. In that faith I have lived and worked earnestly and sincerely. It is an old-fashioned and out-oi - date creed in these self asserting days, but in the autumn of one’s career it is too late to change, and it follows as a matter of course that I am not one of those who consider their lives, their doings or their thoughts of general or public interest. But in my forty-odd years on the stage I. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.

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