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Charles Kean letter to J. Webster


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Son of noted actor Edmund Kean, Charles Keane (1811-1868) began acting at a young age to support his mother after his father left the family. Despite early criticism, Keane rose to prominence and won success with an 1838 production of

Hamlet. He married fellow actress Ellen Tree in 1848 and eventually became known as one of most versatile actors of his era. The Keans managed the Princesses's Theater where they became known for meticulously staged plays incorporating innovations in production techniques.

M. Glen Wilson, "Kean, Charles John (1811-1868)." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. (accessed August, 16 2007).

Autograph letter signed from Charles Keane to J. Webster. Kean mentions engagements in Dublin and America.

Box 53, F0803: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0099 manuscript boxes.

Purchase, July 2007.

Processed and encoded by Jaime Margalotti, August 2007. Further encoded by George Apodaca, October 2015.

University of Delaware Library Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
Finding Aid Date
2007 August 16
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Collection Inventory

Charles Kean letter to J. Webster, 1839 March 3.
Box 53 Folder F0803
Scope and Contents

Autograph letter signed.

Physical Description

3 pp.

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