Performing Arts

Instituciones Oratorias VIII

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Marcus Fabius Quintilianus


Recapitulación de todo lo dicho sobre la invención y disposición. La elocución es la más hermosa parte de…

The Sins of Hollywood

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Ed Roberts


Exacerbated by several high-profile Hollywood scandals, a wave of anti-Hollywood rhetoric tried to paint the movie capital as a veritable ho…

The Humbugs of the World

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P. T. Barnum


P. T. Barnum exposes some of the chief humbugs of the world with his usual entertaining style. He looks at medicine and quacks, ghosts, witc…

Herrmann's Book of Magic

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Alexander Herrmann


Black Art Fully Exposed. A complete and practical guide to drawing-room and stage magic for professionals and amateurs, including a complete…

A Dialogue Concerning Oratory, or the Causes of Corrupt Eloquence

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Publius Cornelius Tacitus


The scene of the Dialogus de Oratoribus, as this work is commonly known, is laid in the sixth year of Vespasian, 75 a.D. The commentators ar…

Institutio Oratoria (On the Education of an Orator), volume 1

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Marcus Fabius Quintilianus


Marcus Fabius Quintilianus was of Spanish origin, being born about 35 A.D. at Calagurris. At Rome he met with great success as a teacher and…

The Miracle Mongers, an Exposé

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Harry Houdini


"A complete exposé of the modus operandi of fire eaters, heat resisters, poison eaters, venomous reptile defiers, sword swallowe…

Hollywood: Its Morals and Manners

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Theodore Dreiser


Serialized in Shadowland from November 1921 to February 1922, Hollywood: Its Morals and Manners is Theodore Dreiser's shocking four part exp…

Stories From Wagner

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J. Walker McSpadden


Eleven stories of eleven operas by Richard Wagner: Das Rheingold. Die Walküre. Siegfried. Götterdämmerung. Parsifal. Lohengrin. Ta…

Just Me

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Pearl White


Perhaps the first memoir written by a film celebrity, Pearl White's Just Me gives a first-person account of the actress' rise to stardom. Wh…

Modern Magic: A Practical Treatise on the Art of Conjuring

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Professor Louis Hoffman


This "how-to" book covers everything for the 1800's illusionist, from stage presence & dress, program and stage arrangement, t…

The Birth of Tragedy; or, Hellenism and Pessimism (Version 2)

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Friedrich Nietzsche


This is one of Nietzsche's early academic writings - a scholarly theory about Ancient Greek theatre, specifically tragedies. In a nutshell, …

The Art of Stage Dancing

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Ned Wayburn


Ned Wayburn, a popular and outstanding choreographer of the early 1900's, writes about the different styles and requirements of dancing and …

Maccabe's Art of Ventriloquism and Vocal Illusions

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Frederic Maccabe


This manual offers instructions on how to become a ventriloquist. Starting out from a general introduction of ventriloquism, it explains how…

Intimate Talks with Movie Stars

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Edward Weitzel


A collection of interviews originally published in Moving Picture World that aims to give the movie-mad public "intimate pen pictures o…

Tea-Cup Reading and Fortune-Telling by Tea Leaves

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A Highland Seer and Lillian Shearon


Reading the Cup is essentially a domestic form of Fortune-telling to be practiced at home, and with success by anyone who will take the trou…

There's Laughter in the Air! Radio's Top Comedians and Their Best Shows

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Jack Gaver and Jack Gaveranddave Stanley


There's Laughter in the Air takes readers on a sidesplitting romp through the world of old-time radio comedy. It gives a brief history of th…

Stories From The Operas

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Gladys Davidson


"Owing to the appreciation which has been accorded to my three series of "Stories from the Operas," it has been decided to re…

Screen Acting

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Mae Marsh


Silent film star, Mae Marsh, recounts her life as an actress in this publication, what she deems as being the answer to thousands of letters…

Coffee Break Collection 012 - The Performing Arts

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Various


This is the twelfth collection of our "coffee break" series, involving public domain works that are between 3 and 15 minutes in le…

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