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    Clarence Joseph Bulliet (Author)

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1918 edition. Excerpt: ...to New York, and to triumph. 'On the opening night of 'Fedora,' Robert Mantell was the handsomest figure that ever greeted a feminine eye,' a woman who was in that audience at the FourteenthStreet Theatre told me long afterward. Something like that must have been the case, for Robert Mantell, by the one performance of Loris Ipanoff that red-letter night of October 1, 1883, sprang instantly from obscurity into the full blaze of the limelight. The Fourteenth-Street Theatre thereafter was taxed to the utmost. The handsome young Scotchman was lionized for the season by the dashing crowds of Broadway. Fanny Davenport had secured from Victorien Sardou the American rights to his new play, 'Fedora,' by the payment down of a cool thirty-five thousand dollars in cash. She had pawned everything she possessed to raise the money, including a neck 'All right,' she replied, and set her teeth. The curtain went up. Loris Ipanoff, the outlaw, and Fedora, the tigress, buckled down to work like grim death. Fedora's lover had been assassinated. Loris, the suspect, had been tracked down, and was now confronted by the woman. She was cross-questioning him. Yes, he had seen the slain man. He had caught him and his own fiancee together, she sitting on his knee. The spell of the story was beginning to work. The spirit of the players was crossing the footlights. The audience became tense. How, now, was Loris Ipanoff going to establish his innocence, after this damning admission? 'I killed him!' The confession was tremendously startling. It had been wholly unexpected. The audience forgot itself. Scores sprang to their feet and yelled. 'Kill them both! Kill them both!' shrieked Fedora. Again there was an answering yell from the other side of the footlights. The play was made!...
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