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HESKETH PEARSON - AUTOGRAPH 01/25/1953 - HFSID 161196

HESKETH PEARSON The actor and biographical author signs his name with the date on this slip of paper Signature: "Hesketh Pearson/25/1/53" in blue ink. 3x1½. Edward Hesketh Gibbons Pearson (1887-1964) was a British actor, theatre director and writer.

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HESKETH PEARSON
The actor and biographical author signs his name with the date on this slip of paper
Signature: "Hesketh Pearson/25/1/53" in blue ink. 3x1½. Edward Hesketh Gibbons Pearson (1887-1964) was a British actor, theatre director and writer. He was a passionate reader of Shakespeare's plays, and a frequent theatre-goer at a young age. When the business where he worked faced bankruptcy, he began acting with Herbert Beerbohm Tree's company in 1911. While serving in the British Army during World War I, Pearson suffered from tuberculosis and several other diseases, and was close to death on three occasions. He attributed his survival to his practice of reciting long passages of Shakespeare while critically ill. After receiving a head wound from shrapnel, he was awarded the Military Cross. After the war, Pearson returned to the stage. He had a role in the play "The Matriarch" among others. Written works of Pearson's, who was best known for his biographies, include: Doctor Darwin (1930), Gilbert and Sullivan: A Biography (1935), Tom Paine. Friend of Mankind: a Biography (1937), Oscar Wilde, His Life and Wit (1946), and the autobiography Hesketh Pearson, By Himself (1965). He was a great-great-great nephew of Francis Galton, whom he described in his first work, Modern Men and Mummers. Lightly toned. Pencil note (unknown hand) on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.

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