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PROBLEMS OF THE ACTOR

ACTOR

BY

LOUIS CALVERT

WITH AN INTRODUCTION

BY

CLAYTON HAMILTON

NEW YORK
HENRY HOLT AND COMPANY

1918

COPYRIGHT, 1918,

BY

HENRY HOLT AND COMPANY

Published April, 1918

THE QUINN & BODEN CO. PRESS

RAHWAY, N. .

PROLOGUE

I

HAVE been on the stage for more than forty years.

My profession and its problems have been the principal interest in my life. It is natural that such an extended association with the theater should yield certain technical theories on my art; and, since I am nearing sixty, it is natural that I should want to talk about them. I do not regard any opinion I hold on the subject of acting as infallible; I learn something new about my profession every day; but there is one claim I make for the opinions I state in this book: they are not hasty. They have been two score years in taking shape.

I have watched many young people start their careers on the stage; I have seen some of them rise to success, and others sink to oblivion. It has seemed to me that the difficulties each met, and the mistakes each was

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