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Edmund Kean   /ˈɛdmənd kin/   Listen
Edmund Kean

English actor noted for his portrayals of Shakespeare's great tragic characters (1789-1833).  Synonym: Kean.

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"Edmund Kean" Quotes from Famous Books

... folded arms, Ira Macbeth entered and commenced the soliloquy, "If it were done," etc., to our astonishment, in English! He was a dark, strongly built mulatto, of about fifty, in a fancy tunic, and light stockings over Forrestian calves. His voice was deep and powerful; and it was very evident that Edmund Kean, once his master, was also the model which he carefully followed in the part. There were the same deliberate, over-distinct enunciation, the same prolonged pauses and gradually performed gestures, as I remember in imitations ...
— The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 87, January, 1865 • Various

... gentleman has murdered his sovereign, and caused a similar peccadillo to be committed upon his dearest friend, he would be, in some degree, agitated, and put out of the even tenor of his way, when the ghost of Banquo appears at the banquet. On such an occasion, John Kemble and Edmund Kean used to think it advisable to start with an expression of terror or horror; but Mr. Graham indulges us with a new reading. He carefully places one foot somewhat in advance of the other, and puts his hands together with the utmost ...
— Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, Complete • Various

... pit me for height against Kean." This was so. Edmund Kean was small in stature, though not so "immaterially" built as Lamb is ...
— The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb, Vol. 5 • Edited by E. V. Lucas

... can be adduced of the little correspondence that often exists between success and merit, than the fact that the self-same man, by the exercise of the self-same powers, may at one time starve and at another drive his carriage and four. When poor Edmund Kean was acting in barns to country bumpkins, and barely rinding bread for his wife and child, he was just as great a genius as when he was crowding Drury Lane. When Brougham presided in the House of Lords, he was not a bit better or greater than when he had hung about in the Parliament House ...
— The Recreations of A Country Parson • A. K. H. Boyd

Words linked to "Edmund Kean" :   player, actor, histrion, thespian, role player

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