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Charles Kean letter to J. Webster

Identifier: MSS 0099-F0803

Scope and Content Note

Autograph letter signed from Charles Keane to J. Webster. Kean mentions engagements in Dublin and America.


  • Creation: 1839 March 3


Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

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Charles Keane (1811-1868)

Son of noted actor Edmund Kean, Charles Keane (1811-1868) began acting at a young age to support his mother after his father left the family. Despite early criticism, Keane rose to prominence and won success with an 1838 production of Hamlet. He married fellow actress Ellen Tree in 1848 and eventually became known as one of most versatile actors of his era. The Keans managed the Princesses's Theater where they became known for meticulously staged plays incorporating innovations in production techniques.

M. Glen Wilson, "Kean, Charles John (1811-1868)." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. (accessed August, 16 2007).


1 item (3 pages)


Autograph letter from English actor and theater manager Charles Kean to J. Webster.


Purchase, July 2007.

Related Materials in this Repository

This item forms part of MSS 0099 Miscellaneous Literary and Historical Manuscripts.

Shelving Summary

Box 53, F0803: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0099 manuscript boxes.

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Processed and encoded by Jaime Margalotti, August 2007. Further encoded by George Apodaca, October 2015.

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2007 August 16
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