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William E. Burton: A Sketch of His Career (New York, 1891) [Limited Edition of 190 Copies]

William E. Burton: A Sketch of His Career (New York, 1891) [Limited Edition of 190 Copies]

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56 pp., frontispiece, plates. 

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Keese, William L. WILLIAM E. BURTON A SKETCH OF HIS CAREER OTHER THAN THAT OF ACTOR, WITH GLIMPSES OF HIS HOME LIFE, AND EXTRACTS FROM HIS THEATRICAL JOURNAL.

New York: The Dunlap Society, 1891. 56 pp., frontispiece, plates. First edition. Limited printing of 190 copies.

Publications of the Dunlap society., no. 14. Original stiff printed wrappers, minor soiling and wear to extremities. A very good copy.

William Evans Burton was an English actor, playwright, theater manager and publisher who relocated to the United States.

In 1837 in Philadelphia he established the Gentlemen's Magazine, of which Edgar Allan Poe was for some time the editor.

In late 1840, Burton sold his magazine to George Rex Graham for the price of $3,500 (one dollar for each subscriber), who transformed it into Graham's Magazine. Burton used the money from the sale to renovate his theater, which eventually failed. Burton went on to become the editor of the Cambridge Quarterly and the Souvenir. He also wrote several books, including a Cyclopaedia of Wit and Humour in 1857.

 

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