Excerpt from Mary Jane's Pa: A Play in Three Acts Some seek all their lives to became writers; other have the task of writing thrust upon them. Of the latter class is the author of Mary Jane's Pa, who in her professional capacities, as actress, producer, and playwright, prefers to be kwn by her maiden name of Edith Ellis. Of her it may be said with almost literal truth that she began her life on the stage, and with the stage she has been connected in one way or ather through out her career. Her father, Edward C.Ellis, is a playwright and actor. Her mother, Ruth McCarty Ellis, was an actress. Her brother is Edward Ellis, author of Any Night and an actor of high standing. She herself played her first part at six, having been born, however, t on the stage, but at Coldwater, Branch County, Michigan, which region was colonized and built up by her ancestors. At ten she was a star, and before she was twelve, two plays had been written especially for her. Since those days of infantile triumphs she has probably had a more varied theatrical experience than any other woman connected with the American stage to-day. She has, as far as I can make out, at one time or ather, performed every duty required for a dramatic production, from painting the scenery to writing the play. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.