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Barrymore "King Lear"
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1663  Tuesday, 7 September 2004

From:           Nancy Charlton <
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Date:           Monday, 06 Sep 2004 20:46:57 -0700
Subject:        Barrymore "King Lear"

Just caught a snippet of "Antiques Road Show" on PBS that may be of
interest to you all. A woman brought in a little copy of "King Lear"
published c. 1935 by JM Dent, London, and EP Dutton, NY. No big
deal--except that it belonged to John Barrymore, has his signature on
the inside cover, and bears his notes for acting. These included
drawings, passages cut, and an added line or two. The owner of the book
knew the Barrymores, was a friend of Mrs B #4, Elaine, and in the book
was a picture of the couple on a yacht. The savvy antique dealer had
brushed up his Barrymore, and mentioned that JB did Richard III and
Hamlet in the '20s and that he never achieved a lifetime ambition of
playing "Lear."

The value of the book was put at $3000.

Episode # 60535.

Nancy Charlton

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