Excerpt from Twelve Great Actors Ber of years thereafter, the feminine characters of his plays were acted by good looking youths. Rosalind, Portia, Ophelia, and their sisters, grave or gay, often re joiced, doubt, in gruff voices and incipi ent beards. Often, too, must dramatic illusions have been destroyed. Yet Shake speare and his friends looked on contentedly at the amaly. An actress had place in the hearts of English audiences. How strange that seems when we think of the ble position which she w holds upon the English or American stage. In Painting, in Sculpture, in Poetry, or in the Sciences man still leads, but in the Drama, as in Opera, woman ranks as his equal. It is hard to imagine how the stage ﬂourished without her presence. Surely the world has been made the richer by the stern tragedy ofpreface. 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.