Prefaces to Shakespeare, Volume 1: Hamlet. King Lear. The Merchant of Venice. Antony and Cleopatra. Cymbeline

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English actor, director, dramatist, producer and Shakespearean scholar, Harley Granville-Barker was born in Kensington, London on November 25, 1877. He made his first stage appearance at the age of 14, and made his London debut in 1892. At 17 he joined the Ben Greet players and because of his handsome appearance, Italianate good looks, fine histrionic qualities and total dedication soon attained popularity. He joined the Stage Society in 1900 where his performance of Marchbanks in Candida was a great success. Over the next two years Granville-Barker appeared in productions both by Ben Greet and William Poel. In 1904 he produced and also acted in The Two Gentlemen of Verona at the Court Theatre. His productions at the Savoy (1912-14) of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale and Twelfth Night with continuous action on an open stage and rapid lightly stressed speech brought about a revolution in Shakespearean productions. During the First World War Granville-Barker served in the Red Cross Society and produced among other plays, A Midsummer Night's Dream in New York. After the War he divided his time between Britain, continental Europe and the United States. Twice he visited Canada for theatrical purposes, adjudicated the Dominion Drama Festival in Ottawa in 1936, and lectured on Shakespeare at the University of Toronto in 1942. He settled in Paris with his second wife, an American, and began writing the famous Prefaces to Shakespeare. In 1937 he became Director of the British Institute of the University of Paris. He fled to Spain during the Second World War in 1940 and then went to the United States where he worked for the British Information Services and lectured at Harvard University. He returned to Paris in 1946 and died there on August 31, 1946.

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