EDWARD FITZBALL - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 03/20/1843 - HFSID 304587
EDWARD FITZBALL The playwright praises an actor for unexpected talent as a poet. Autograph Letter signed: "Fitzball", 2 pages (integral leaf), 7¾x4¾. 76 Norton St., Portland Place [London], 1843 March 20. To
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The playwright praises an actor for unexpected talent as a poet.
Autograph Letter signed: "Fitzball", 2 pages (integral leaf), 7¾x4¾. 76 Norton St., Portland Place [London], 1843 March 20. To "O. Smith Esq/Adelphi Theatre", in full: "I have made some remarks, since you requested it, in your poem, and have written one or two verses, as a hint merely, because, your own style is so fresh & peculiar, I cannot come up to it & I commend you to write others, to the same effect, instead, & the poem, which is very pleasing indeed, will I think be perfect. I had no idea you were a poet, especially such a good one. Yours very truly". Edward Fitzball (1792-1873) was an English playwright noted for his melodramas. The success of his first play, The Innkeeper at Abbeville (1820), encouraged him to move to London, where he produced many hits, including several nautical dramas (Pilot, The Floating Beacon, The Flying Dutchman). His greatest success came with Murder at the Roadside Inn (1833). Fitzball was also a lyricist of note, writing the words for William Vincent Wallace's opera Lurline. An "O. Smith" is listed in the cast, and as Melodramatic Director of London's Adelphi Theatre during the 1842-1843 season. Two horizontal folds. Lightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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