Howitt's The Miss Cushmans (1846)

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Title

Howitt's The Miss Cushmans (1846)

Description

In this biographical article, Mary Howitt recounts events from Charlotte Cushman's life and emphasizes her personal virtues, her talent on stage and the struggles she faced in her career. She describes Cushman's long and painful struggle to success, defending her for the choices she made, and admiring her as an actress and an individual. In London, the "letters of introduction" did not help Cushman in the beginning.
Apparently, Howitt felt the need to comment on CC playing male roles: "And here let a few words be said on a subject which has excited some remarks, and as we think needlessly, to Miss Cushman’s disadvantage—we mean on her taking male parts. We can assert it as a fact, and it is a fact full of generosity and beautiful affection, that it is solely on her sister's account that she has done so. By taking herself the male character, for which she was in many cases admirably suited, she was enabled to obtain the first female character for her sister; there being, as is well known, no plays written in which two prominent female characters, are found."

The article is sold as a memoir at the theater where Cushman is performing.

A full text is available via HathiTrust.

Credit

New York Public Library

Creator

Howitt, Mary, 1799-1888

Source

The People’s Journal, Vol. 2

Date

1846-07-18

Type

Reference

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Text

THE MISS CUSHMANS.

BY MARY HOWITT. 

[...]

It is because we recognise in Miss Cushman an approach to our ideal of the greatly pure in art that we regard her as one of its noblest representatives [...] there is in her own character great truth and earnestness [...] we are enabled, without violating private confidence, to make the public so far acquainted with them as is necessary for our little narrative [...] And here let a few words be said on a subject which has excited some remarks, and as we think needlessly, to Miss Cushman’s disadvantage—we mean on her taking male parts. We can assert it as a fact, and it is a fact full of generosity and beautiful affection, that it is solely on her sister's account that she has done so. By taking herself the male character, for which she was in many cases admirably suited, she was enabled to obtain the first female character for her sister; there being, as is well known, no plays written in which two prominent female characters, are found. Since then they have visited together all the principal towns in the three kingdoms, and everywhere, whilst their distinguished talent is acknowledged by the public at large, their personal accomplishments, and their qualities of heart and mind, win for them the firmest friends.

Archive

NYPL, Stead Collection

Location

London, UK

Geocode (Latitude)

51.5073219

Geocode (Longitude)

-0.1276474

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Collection

Citation

Howitt, Mary, 1799-1888, “Howitt's The Miss Cushmans (1846),” Archival Gossip Collection, accessed February 3, 2023, https://archivalgossip.com/collection/items/show/41.

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