Kismet An "Arabian Night" in Three Acts Inscribed and Signed to Theater Critic Percy Hammond By the Actor Who Played the Leading Role and Made the Play His Own, Otis Skinner
Knoblauch, Edward

New York: George H. Doran Company, 1911. F 128 pages; inscribed and signed "To Percy Hammond with cordial regard Otis Skinner 1912" on the front endpaper; this play was the most famous role which the versatile Otis Skinner (1858-1942) American actor-manager, played to great effect, and even carrying it forward into film; inscribing to Percy Hammond (1873-1936) American newspaper column theater critic, of some influence at this time; bound in the original gray paper covered boards, paper title label on spine; light edge, tips wear to boards; in very good condition, and an interesting American theater history item and association; in the ANB, William Stephenson writes, "...Skinner's greatest success was yet to come. In Kismet (1911), a classic of romantic drama, he played the rascally, clever beggar Hajj, who goes from rags to riches to rags again in a single day, marrying his daughter to the young Caliph and murdering the evil Grand Vizier along the way. It ran a year in New York and three years on the road. The part, which Skinner's daughter writes was "longer than Hamlet and more strenuous than d'Artagnan..."; the details from the stage production-players, dates, etc., are given as well as the text of the play. Very Good Hardcover (Item ID: 20131)


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