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By Professor Philip H Highfill Jr PhD, Professor Kalman A Burnim PhD, Edward A. Langhans

Just like the works already released, those most modern volumes of the Biographical Dictionary take care of theatre humans of each ilk, starting from dressers and one-performance actors to trumpeter John Shore (inventor of the tuning fork) and the incomparable Sarah Siddons.Also renowned is Susanna Rowson, a novelist, actress, and early lady playwright. even supposing born right into a British army kin, Rowson usually wrote performs that handled patriotic American subject matters and spent a lot of her occupation at the American stage.The theatrical jewel of those volumes is the "divine Sarah" Siddons: "She raised the tragedy to the skies," wrote William Hazlitt, and "embodied to our mind's eye the fables of mythology, of the heroic and dignified mortals of elder time." She persisted a lot tragedy herself, together with a crippling debilitating sickness and the deaths of 5 of her seven little ones. Siddons performed significant roles in either comedy and tragedy, no longer the least of which was once a functionality as Hamlet.

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The Dublin Evening Post found her figure "elegant and interesting in the extreme" and especially noted that her eyes pointed up "the full force and meaning" of the several passions the role required. That critic also compared her to Ann Crawford, who was a local favorite. In his view, Mrs Siddons "in the gentler parts was superior to anything we may have seen, nor was she much surpassed by Mrs. " Sarah played Belvidera before a brilliant and crowded audience headed by the Lord Lieutenant on 23 June, and this time there were no reservations about her superiority.

I shall be glad to see her again. Her brother Kemble calls on me, and pleases me very well. Mrs Siddons and I talked of plays; and she told me of exhibiting this winter the characters of Constance, Catherine, and Isabella in Shakespeare. Sarah's brother John had made his impressive debut at Drury Lane as Hamlet on 30 September 1783. He repeated that role four times and then acted the title role in Edward the Black Prince, followed by Richard III and Sir Giles Overreach. Excitement heightened when John and Sarah appeared together as Mr and Mrs Beverely in The Gamester on 22 November 1783.

At Drury Lane in 178586 among her new roles were the Duchess in Braganza, Hermione in The Distrest Mother, and Mrs Lovemore in The Way to Keep Him. On 11 February 1786 she and her brother John appeared together as Belvidera and Jaffeir in Venice Preserv'd for the first time in London. She was magnificent as usual, and Kemble, though really unsuited for the tumultuous Jaffeir, provided more than adequate support. In later years Sarah wrote that she did not like to play Belvidera to John's Jaffeir because he was "too cold, too formal," Page 17 and she much preferred playing in that piece when her brother Charles Kemble had the part.

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