The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0404 Thursday, 27 February 2003
Date: Wednesday, 26 Feb 2003 14:46:58 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Shakespeare and Richard Le Gallienne
Several years ago I bought an old scrapbook with a simple title:
"Shakespeare." After closer examination, it appears to have been
compiled by Richard Le Gallienne about the turn of the century: 1900.
The pages are yellowed, mellowed, and the lettering has turned a deep
brown. One article on Shakespeare published in the New York Times was
by Richard Le Gallienne: "In His Isolated Achievement Tragedy Climbed to
Its Supreme Summit and Vanished." In the author's own hand, he titled
this "Shakespeare the great creator of tragedy." There are several
dozen other clips, by Princess Lazarovich-Hrebellaovich of Serbia; Taine
on Macbeth and Hamlet; William Lyon Phelps in the New York Times:
"Famous and Popular at Thirty, etc.;" William Basse's Poem; Milton's
"Epitaph...;" a translation of Pushkin on Shakespeare for the New York
Times; the common fare of pictures, including Death masks; Emerson on
Shakespeare; Borgerhoff, again from the New York Times: "The Long, Hard
Battle of Shakespeare's Fame...;" Martin Sampson; William Neilson;
Ashley Thorndike; John Cunliffe; Richard Aldrich; Johann Gottfried
Herder; Rita Hochheimer; John Corbin; and many, many others. Most of
the clips have a unique title in the hand of Richard Le Gallienne.
So, now, to the heart of the matter: in the back, loose, was a ten-page
holograph, apparently unpublished manuscript, signed by Richard Le
Gallienne: entitled "The Word Musician--Who Loved his Tools." The
first line reads, in part, "The determining factor in Shakespeare's
Does any SHAKSPERean know if the latter was published? Are there any
SHAKSPEReans or scholars of Le Gallienne who wish to offer thoughts
about a proper home for the Le Gallienne Shakespeare scrapbook?
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