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THERE is little need of a preface to such a book as this. It is such a big book—it holds so much—that I have been able to express myself pretty fully, and I do not find, in giving a last look at the pages as they lie before me, that I have forgotten to say anything I wanted to say.

And if I had, I should not drag it into the preface and half say it, for fear of never getting a chance to say it anywhere else.

I don't believe this book will be my last. I don't expect to get through writing on my favorite subjects for a good while yet — a statement which some of my critics will receive, I fear, with indescribable anguish.

The book is the result of many years of careful preparation, during which I have been gathering, from experience and from study, the material here presented. I have scorned no source from which reliable and worthy material could be derived from the most ponderous volumes to the most ephemeral newspapers — from the reminiscences of the most cultivated and scholarly play-goers to the gossip of the humblest of the player-folk—from the experiences of the most celebrated actresses, actors and managers, to the experiences of my humble self, from

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girlhood to womanhood, through a life which has been full of strange vicissitudes.

I give my work to the world in the sincere and earnest hope that it will do good. If it strips off some of the

gauze and vanity” from the “show world,” I hope it also exhibits that world in a fairer and juster light to many who have hitherto looked on it with ungererous and unenlightened eyes.

OLIVE LOGAN. AUTHORS' UNION, 264 PEARL ST.,

NEW YORK, December, 1869.

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A LIST OF

ILLUSTRATIONS.

1 Olive Logan.
2 ANNA DICKINSON.
3 RISTORI.
4 PAREPA ROSA.
5 KATE BATEMAN.
6 EDWIN BOOTII.
7 JOE Jeffersox.
8 Joux BrougIIAN.
9 J. S. CLARKE.
10 Edwin Forrest.
11 BALLADIST.
12 BALLET.
13 UTILITY.
14 TRAPEZE PERFORMANCE.
15 COMEDIAN.
16 BUFFOON.
17 ACROBAT.
18 DANSEUSE.
19 MINSTREL.
20 Clown.
21 How ANIMALS ARE CAUGHT.
22 A GRAVE YARD SCENE.
23 ELEPIIANT ATTACKING A LOCOMOTIVE.
24 Tue REHEARSAL.

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.

25 MENAGERIE ON FIRE 26 A SOLDIER AUDIENCE. 27 YE FIRSTE BILLIARD TOURNAJENTE. 28 MOTHER AND DargiTER. 29 ALFRED PENNYWEIGHT. 30 MANAGER (RATHER DEAF). 31 WARDROBE KEEPER. 32 ARTISTE DEPAD. 33 STRIKING AN ATTITUDE. 34 KING DUNCAN. 35 GALLERY Gods. 36 DELIGITED SUPES. 37 THE STAGE IRISIIMAN. 38 Booti's THEATRE. 39 OLD PARK THEATRE, 40 A FAIR SCENE. 41 THE STAGE FAST-MAN. 42 TIE STAGE RUSTIC LASS. 43 A STAGE Fop. 44 MODERN INTELLECTUAL DRAJA. 45 PRIMO TENORE. 46 THE STAGE BENEDICK. 47 A SCENE FROM TOE PLAY OF “ONE Poor GIRL." 48 BURNT-CORK Artists. 49 THE STAGE TOPSY. 50 AN OLD BOWERY STAR. 51 THE ATTACK.

. 52 PENNYWEIGIIT'S DESPAIR. 53 A Gin-SLING. 54 A Frescu Opera Ilouse IN TIIE OLDEN TIME. 55 OLD FASHIONED STREET MOUNTEBANKS.

CONTENTS.

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