Performing Arts

Hollywood: Its Morals and Manners

Read by Chuck Williamson


Theodore Dreiser


Serialized in Shadowland from November 1921 to February 1922, Hollywood: Its Morals and Manners is Theodore Dreiser's shocking four part exp…

Stories From Wagner

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J. Walker McSpadden


Eleven stories of eleven operas by Richard Wagner: Das Rheingold. Die Walküre. Siegfried. Götterdämmerung. Parsifal. Lohengrin. Ta…

Just Me

Read by Pamela Krantz


Pearl White


Perhaps the first memoir written by a film celebrity, Pearl White's Just Me gives a first-person account of the actress' rise to stardom. Wh…

Modern Magic: A Practical Treatise on the Art of Conjuring

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Professor Louis Hoffman


This "how-to" book covers everything for the 1800's illusionist, from stage presence & dress, program and stage arrangement, t…

Maccabe's Art of Ventriloquism and Vocal Illusions

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Frederic Maccabe


This manual offers instructions on how to become a ventriloquist. Starting out from a general introduction of ventriloquism, it explains how…

The Art of Stage Dancing

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Ned Wayburn


Ned Wayburn, a popular and outstanding choreographer of the early 1900's, writes about the different styles and requirements of dancing and …

Tea-Cup Reading and Fortune-Telling by Tea Leaves

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A Highland Seer and Lillian Shearon


Reading the Cup is essentially a domestic form of Fortune-telling to be practiced at home, and with success by anyone who will take the trou…

Intimate Talks with Movie Stars

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Edward Weitzel


A collection of interviews originally published in Moving Picture World that aims to give the movie-mad public "intimate pen pictures o…

Stories From The Operas

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Gladys Davidson


"Owing to the appreciation which has been accorded to my three series of "Stories from the Operas," it has been decided to re…

There's Laughter in the Air! Radio's Top Comedians and Their Best Shows

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Jack Gaver and Jack Gaveranddave Stanley


There's Laughter in the Air takes readers on a sidesplitting romp through the world of old-time radio comedy. It gives a brief history of th…

Struggles and Triumphs, or Forty Years' of Recollections of P.T. Barnum, writte…

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P. T. Barnum


The 1873 edition of the autobiography of the founding genius of the "Greatest Show on Earth," P.T. (Phineas Taylor) Barnum. It d…

Screen Acting

Read by Amanda Friday


Mae Marsh


Silent film star, Mae Marsh, recounts her life as an actress in this publication, what she deems as being the answer to thousands of letters…

Coffee Break Collection 012 - The Performing Arts

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Various


This is the twelfth collection of our "coffee break" series, involving public domain works that are between 3 and 15 minutes in le…

Buffalo Bill from Prairie to Palace

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John M. Burke


William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody is one of the legends of the American western frontier. As a teen he rode for the pony expr…

Life and Lillian Gish

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Albert Bigelow Paine


An authorized biography of Lillian Gish, the renowned silent film star known in her heyday as the First Lady of American Cinema. Albert Bige…

The Voice and Public Speaking

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John Poole Sandlands


I write for public speakers. I wish to take them into my confidence. I feel I can do them good. My object is to help them to speak with grea…

The Art of Story-Telling, with nearly half a hundred stories

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Julia Darrow Cowles


In preparing this book the author has sought to awaken a keener perception and a higher appreciation of the artistic and ethical value of st…

Biographical Notice Of Nicolo Paganini With An Analysis Of His Compositions And…

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Francois-Joseph Fetis


Niccolò (or Nicolò) Paganini (1782 – 1840) was an Italian violinist, violist, guitarist, and composer. He was the most celebra…

The Theory of the Theatre, and Other Principles of Dramatic Criticism

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Clayton Hamilton


A collection of essays by American critic Clayton Hamilton concerning theatre & dramatic practices, and the criticism thereof, from an e…

Autobiography of an Actress; or Eight Years on the Stage

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Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie


Anna Cora Mowatt was the author of the first Broadway comedy hit written by a woman. Her 1845 play “Fashion” is still performed today. She w…

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