The Yellow Book
Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.
Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC
By: Copeland and Day
Excerpt from book: On the Art of Yvette Guilbert By Stanley V. Makower In a few days Yvette Guilbert will be here once more, and all London will be flocking to Leicester Square to secure seats at the Empire Theatre. The chief cities of Europe and America through which the French singer has now passed in triumphal procession have subscribed to an almost unparalleled success with a truly rare enthusiasm. One obscure town in Europe is said to have sprung into notoriety owing to an obstinate refusal to recognise a genius to which the whole civilised world has done honour. But this, the sole exhibition of hostility with which the great artist has met in her wide travels, has only served to enhance her reputation. The extraordinary wave of enthusiasm that greets Yvette Guilbert when she is here is only another proof that London is the most cosmopolitan city in the world. We are constantly having evidence of this, not the least striking being that last year a play by a German author t was being acted at three different London theatres at the same time in French, German, and Italian. Nevertheless it is singular that a genius essentially French, though Napolion the western coast of Italy. t SuJeimaiui'' " Die Heimalh." in no sense a type of France, exercised in a department of art peculiar to one side of Paris, should win unanimous applause from every class of London society. The crisis which the drama has reached in England and in France is in some respects the same, but there is a point at which the parallel ceases. In both countries the drama is corrupt, but France with characteristic precocity is the first to teach the lesson. It has said the last word about the drama of this generation in providing the glorious impossibility of a Sarah Bernhardt. It is on the great actress that has...