GEORGE L. AIKEN - AUTOGRAPH 08/17/1866 - HFSID 304454
Sale Price $162.00
GEORGE L. AIKEN
Signature of the influential playwright and actor, given in Chicago
Signature: "Geo. L. Aiken,/Chicago Aug. 17/66", 4¼x2½. George L. Aiken (1830-1876) was an actor and playwright who brought the most successful adaptation of Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin to the stage in 1852, playing two important roles himself. The play was a huge success, running for 325 performances in New York, and taken to cities throughout the North. More people probably saw the play than read the novel, even though the latter was hugely popular, and the story did much to solidify anti-slavery sentiment in the North in the decade before the Civil War. Aiken also adapted Ann S. Stephens' novel, The Old Homestead in to a play performed frequently in US theaters into the 20th century. Aiken also wrote many dime novels before succumbing to pneumonia a decade after he signed this slip. Slightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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