CHARLES T. PARSLOE - AUTOGRAPH SENTIMENT SIGNED - HFSID 304668
Sale Price $72.00
CHARLES T. PARSLOE
Handwritten sentiment clipped from the closing of a letter, signed by the American actor who specialized in "comic coolie" roles. Mark Twain and Bret Harte wrote a play for him.
Autograph Sentiment signed: ..."know before 3 P. M./tomorrow (Friday)/Yours truly/C.T. Parsloe", 5x2¼. American actor Charles T. Parsloe (1837-1898) was a star of burlesque theatre in the 1860s and 1870s, appearing in several Broadway "extravaganzas" from 1864, including adaptations of Aladdin, Ivanhoe and Pygmalion. Parsloe's specialty however was a stereotyped "Chinaman," portrayed for laughs. In 1876 Mark Twain and Bret Harte wrote a play, Ah Sin, especially for Parsloe, based on Harte's poem "Plain Language From Truthful James." The play opened in Washington, D.C. (May 7, 1877), and moved to Augustin Daly's theatre in New York, but ran for only 35 performances, despite an on-stage appearance by Twain. A hostile review by the New York Times praised the acting, faulting the authors for its failure. Top edge and right edge irregularly cut. Adhesive residue at face (not affecting signature). Light foxing present (lightly affecting signature). Mounting residue on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.
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