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Rip van Winkle

A Legend of the Catskills

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Author: Charles Burke
Published: 1855
Language: English
Wordcount: 20,716 / 72 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 61.6
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 1,434
Added to site: 2008.12.19 22908
Genre: Drama

A Romantic Drama in two acts, adapted from Washington Irving's Sketch Book and published in Representative Plays by American Dramatists: 1856-1911

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s own phrase, "Are we so soon forgot," has been applied to the actor and his art! The only preservative we have of this art is either in individual expressions of opinion or else in contemporary criticism. Fortunately, John Sleeper Clarke, another estimable comedian of the Jefferson family, has left an impression of how Burke read that one famous line of his. He has said:

No other actor has ever disturbed the impression that the profound pathos of Burke's voice, face, and gesture created; it fell upon the senses like the culmination of all mortal despair, and the actor's figure, as the low, sweet tones died away, symbolized more the ruin of the representative of the race than the sufferings of an individual: his awful loss and loneliness seemed to clothe him with a supernatural dignity and grandeur which commanded the sympathy and awe of his audience.

Never, said Clarke, who often played Seth to Burke's Rip, was he disappointed in the poignant reading of that line--so tender, p



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