Booth, Edwin, 1833-1893

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Dates:
Birth 1833-11-13
Death 1893-06-07

Biographical notes:

American actor.

From the description of Autograph letters signed (2) : New York and Chicago, to Elsie Leslie, 1889 Dec. 5 and 1890 Mar. 16. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270532629

From the description of Letters, 1858, 1887. (Buffalo History Museum). WorldCat record id: 56685372

Edwin Booth (1833-1893) was the son of Junius Brutus Booth, the great British tragedian, and the older brother of John Wilkes Booth; Edwin was best known for his Shakespearean roles.

From the description of Note by Edwin Booth to Dr. Hennessey, ca. 1869. (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 82496095

Edwin Booth was an American actor-manager in New York and with touring companies. He maintained a long-term personal and professional relationship with Lawrence Barrett, also an actor-manager.

From the guide to the Letters to Lawrence Barrett, 1885, (The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.)

American actor and theatrical scholar.

From the description of Papers, [ca. 1850-1900] (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 155507872

Edwin Booth was a prominent member of the famous Booth family of performers and one of the preeminent actors of his day. He toured with his father, Junius, and then succeeded on his own, renting the Winter Garden Theatre for his legendary 100-night run of Hamlet. Forced to retire after his brother assassinated President Lincoln, he returned to performing and in 1869 built Booth's Theatre in New York.

From the description of Edwin Booth letters, 1862-1882. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 52999897

Both Booth and Barrett (1838-1891) were American actors best known for their Shakespearean roles.

From the description of Letters to Lawrence Barrett, 1880-1891 and undated. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79392116

From the guide to the Letters to Lawrence Barrett, 1880-1891 and undated., (Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University)

American stage tragedian and a founder of the Players Club in New York City.

From the description of Correspondence, notes, financial records, and photographs, 1849-1917, nd. (Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center (HRC); University of Texas at Austin). WorldCat record id: 122530561

Booth was a prominent actor known for his Shakespearian roles. He founded the Players Club, an actors' guild, and published, The Last Tragedian. He was the brother of John Wilkes Booth.

From the description of Collection, 1865-1890. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122587299

Alfred Anthony Williams (1860- ), theologian, author and educator, was an executive and administrator of the Committee of the Federal Council of Christ, founder of the Federation Committee of Good Will Between Jews and Christians, and treasurer of the General Conference of Free Baptists.

From the guide to the Alfred Williams Anthony collection, 1679-1944, (The New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division.)

American actor, 19th century.

From the description of Papers, 1860-1874. (Washington State University). WorldCat record id: 52589460

Edwin Booth was an American actor-manager in New York and with touring companies.

He maintained a long-term personal and professional relationship with Lawrence Barrett, also an actor-manager.

From the description of Letters to Lawrence Barrett, 1885. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122571034

Edwin Booth was a prominent actor in the American theater of the 19th century.

He was born into a theatrical family in 1833. His father, Junius Brutus, and his brothers, Junius and John Wilkes, were also actors. Edwin Booth died in 1893 and was buried in Greenmount Cemetery, Baltimore, Md.

From the description of Edwin Booth collection, 1890-1940. (Johns Hopkins University). WorldCat record id: 49301569

Edwin Thomas Booth (1833-1893) was born to the stage. His father, Junius Brutus Booth, was of a notable English theatre family and well established both in America and Europe. Thus, Edwin Booth not surprisingly became the first American actor to win European acclaim. Edwin Booth toured with his father's company and gained a world-wide reputation as a tragedian actor. He managed the Winter Garden Theatre in New York from 1863 to 1867 where in 1864 he played 100 consecutive performances of Hamlet. In 1864, Edwin Booth and his brothers, John Wilkes (President Lincoln's assassin) and Junius Brutus, performed in Julius Caesar together --- the only combined performances of their careers.

Edwin T. Booth built his own theatre following the destruction by fire of the Winter Garden Theatre in 1867. He established the theatre as a national playhouse for poetic drama, opening in 1869 with Romeo and Juliet. Unfortunately, the theatre was on the very edge of the theatre district; poor location and poor financial management combined to force the theatre into bankruptcy in 1873. Despite the failure of his theatre, Edwin Booth continued to tour as an internationally respected and successful actor. He became the first president of the Players Club after donating his house to the club in 1888. He lived there until his death in 1893.

From the guide to the Edwin T. Booth Papers, 1860-1874, (Washington State University Libraries Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections)

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  • Theater--Records and correspondence
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  • Presidents--Assassination
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