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Talks in a Library with Laurence Hutton 1907  Invitation by gentleman man-about-town to know late 19th century writers and actors

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Talks in a Library with Laurence Hutton, 1907, as recorded by Isabel Moore, is a delightful and wide ranging collection of Laurence Hutton's treasured literary and theatrical anecdotes about the numerous and famous writers and artists whom he knew as friends.

Did you ever want to sit down with a well educated gentleman from New York who "knew everyone" and spend an hour or so listening to him tell about his literary and theatrical friends? Well, here is your opportunity!

Hutton (1843-1905) was a prolific author (particularly of chatty books about authors, actors and artists), drama critic and Man About Town ~ "a man with a genius for friendship" whose library in his Princeton country house was adorned with items and inscribed mementos from his friends in the theatrical, artistic and literary worlds.

Helen Keller was only one of his many visitors. This 458-page book includes 65 glossy black and white photographs and illustrations, including Charles Dickens, John Wilkes Booth, Helen Keller and her dog, Lawrence Barrett, Mark Twain's Page in Hutton's Guest-Book, and many more. There are casts of the hands of Stevenson, Keller and Thackeray - and even death masks of Walter Scott, Abraham Lincoln and Edwin Booth.

This book is an invitation by a pleasant and knowledgeable literary man to understand part of the world of late 19th century America.

The book is in fair condition. The cover is well worn, but pages are all firmly bound, except at the covers where the binding is cracked and weakened. The previous owner's name is written in ink on the flyleaf.

Dedicated to Joseph Jefferson, the book includes a frontispiece portrait of Hutton.

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Talks in a Library with Laurence Hutton 1907 Invitation by gentleman man-about-town to know late 19th century writers and actors


  • Vintage item from 1900 - 1909
  • Materials: paper, cloth
  • Only ships within United States.
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