[PW] Two Questions About the Biography of Algernon Blackwood

Katherine Harper kharper4 at gmail.com
Sun Feb 18 18:27:12 PST 2018

Dennis, I can't attach a clipping to a list posting but will send one to
your personal e-mail. *Jim the Penman* seems to have been a perennial
favorite in vaudeville and small-town theaters from about 1877 to 1895,
with revivals in 1903 and 1908. A company from the original A. M. Palmer
Theater production toured with it for years in places including Johnstown,
New York in 1891. There was no mention of the cast in the notice that I
read, and certainly a player as prominent as Gilmour would have been
mentioned if he'd appeared. (Girard was too new in '91 to rate newsprint.)
However, Gilmour and Girard did tour together in 1892 with a production
called *Dartmoor* that the press agent or someone referred to as "in the
vein of *Jim the Penman*." The clipping I am sending you is from the Mount
Vernon *Argus* of December 23, 1892. Perhaps Blackwood was mis-remembering
that production.

Good luck with your/Mike's quest.



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On Sun, Feb 18, 2018 at 7:41 PM, GraceAnne Andreassi DeCandido <
graceanneladyhawk at gmail.com> wrote:

> This may or may not be helpful to you, but Yonkers and Mt Vernon are not
> "upstate New York" they are both towns that border New York City. I live on
> the northern edge of New York City in the Bronx, and Yonkers is just a few
> blocks from my house.
> GraceAnne DeCandido, retired
> GraceAnne Andreassi DeCandido in New York City
> ladyhawk at well.com graceanneladyhawk at gmail.com https://girasoleazzurra.com/
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> Knost
> On Sun, Feb 18, 2018 at 7:27 PM, d-lien University of Minnesota <
> d-lien at umn.edu> wrote:
> > My colleague Mike Ashley is updating his biography of Algernon Blackwood
> > and still has two problems he's been unable to resolve.  So, in case
> > anyone on Project Wombat can offer any suggestions, they involve:
> >
> >
> > (1) An English woman Blackwood met in Switzerland in 1918:
> >
> > We're after a woman born around 1838 or so, from a well-to-do
> > Yorkshire family with a well-known Yorkshire name.  Her
> > father had worked with Darwin, and the family had been acquainted
> > with several Victorian authors of note.  The woman south
> > had lived in Frankfurt-am-Main for at least thirty
> > years, married a German of Huguenot extraction, and had a
> > son and a daughter.  The initial of her married name (or
> > possibly of her husband's first name) was probably "J."
> >
> >
> > and (2) Blackwood's U.S. (bit part) stage career:
> >
> > Blackwood's EPISODES BEFORE THIRTY relates an anecdote where
> > Blackwood appeared in the stage play JIM THE PENMAN
> > (by Sir Charles Lawrence Young), where two other cast members
> > were J. H. Gilmour and Bettina Gerard.  Blackwood dates
> > this to the autumn of 1894 and says it was in upstate New York
> > (probably Yonkers or Mount Vernon).  But the date appears
> > from other evidence to be wrong (early 1893 seems most
> > probable).  Mike is trying to verify evidence of a
> > production of that play in upstate New York with Gilmour
> > and Gerard within that time frame.
> >
> >
> > Any help, which I will pass along to Mike, will be much appreciated.
> >
> >
> > Dennis Lien / d-lien at umn.edu
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