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Figure J. Emerson Nye, Ph. D. J. Emerson Nye J. Emerson Nye has carefully prepared himself for his life work as platform entertainer. He is a graduate of a University, as well as two schools of Oratory. This thorough training, together with his ten years' experience as actor and entertainer, added to his unusual dramatic talent, make of him an artist of exceptional ability. Probably no class of platform entertainer is more appreciated than is this master interpreter. He reveals the soul as well as the eccentricities of the character he represents. There is no passion or play of the emotions which he does not portray. These gifts are enhanced by a superbly beautiful voice, an engaging personality, and a magnetic stage presence. There is in every human heart an innate desire to see life depicted in dramatic form. This desire Mr. Nye satisfies, by taking some play that has been a great success and credit to the stage, arranging it in a concise story told by the characters, and thus holding up an enchanted mirror in which we see reflected our own experiences—our hopes, fears, struggles, ambitions, and ideals. The work of J. Emerson Nye presents the best of the drama in the purest form, free from all unwholesomeness and theatric atmosphere. It is absorbing, cleansing and inspiring—a recreation unequalled. SUBJECTS 1. Rip Van Winkle (Monologue Presentation of Mr. Joseph Jefferson's dramatization of this favorite old story. Very popular.) 2. The Portrayals of Human Life (Lecture—Recital, Things Worth While.) 3. Julius Caesar—As a Monologue (The Tragedy of Liberty.) 4. Hamlet—As a Monologue (The Sphinx of Literature.) 5. An Evening With Poe—Nye—Riley (A Combination of the Humorous and the Poetical.) 6. Poems That Live and Why (Inspirational. Miscellaneous Recitals.) 7. The Glory of Achievement (Commencement Address.) 8. Bible Readings (The Poetry of the Bible.) Kind Words From Noted Men Byron W. King, A.M., Ph.D., President, School of Oratory, Pittsburgh, Pa.: Professor Nye is an Artist. He conceives and portrays all his characters forcibly and clearly. He is an earnest student, thoughtful teacher and a master of the magic of Expression. He is a Shakespeare enthusiast and a clear interpreter of the wonderful Dramas. He has proven his ability and won a place among the foremost impersonators on the Lyceum platform. Fred Emerson Brooks, Poet-Humorist: J. Emerson Nye, who bears Byron W. King's endorsement, needs no further commendation from us ordinary mortals. Ralph Parlette, Editor Lyceumite: I am always glad when a worthy man wins out, and so am I glad just now. Frank C. Bruner, D.D., Author and Lecturer, Chicago: It has been my good fortune to hear Prof. J. Emerson Nye in Rip Van Winkle. He is master of every particle of this romantic story. His conception of characters is superb. His interpretation of Rip Van Winkle is the old vagabond himself. Every quality of voice is trained to perfection. Stage presence is phenomenal. There are so many beautiful lessons to be taken from the story, every man, woman and child should hear it. Frank Dixon, Author and Lecturer, New York City: The work of the platform reader is to lead us into a vivid understanding of the masterpieces of literature and of the priceless gems that lie buried in the mass of printed matter about us. He is a collector of the jewels of the human brain, and his exhibition of them enriches us beyond measure. Wherever Nye goes he scatters his treasures with a lavish hand, and a community is not only delighted but inspired and ennobled. Ng Poon Chew, Litt.D., Editor, Chung Sai Yat Po, Vice-President, China Mail, San Francisco: Prof. J. Emerson Nye seems to possess the rare, complete knowledge of the psychology of human nature. As an entertainer he wins the sympathy and enthusiasm of his audience from the very start to the closing of his Reading or Lecture, by his absolute sincerity, his fascinating manner and his real genius. Henry Adrian, Chautauqua Lecturer, of Luther Burbank Fame, Santa Barbara, California: I have heard J. Emerson Nye on the platform with keen delight. He is not only a finished impersonator, but an orator of unusual power as well. His programs are everywhere received with great favor. Hon. John Temple Graves, Orator and Statesman, Washington, D. C.: Prof. J. Emerson Nye is a man of genius and energy. His dramatic instinct is genuine and powerful. His personal appearance distinctly suggests Edwin Booth. With such equipment he only needs energy and continued application to make one of the definitely successful men of the American Platform. He has already scored some wonderful triumphs upon the stage. Behind the strong setting of his industry, there hovers a multitude of even greater and more brilliant successes. My sincere personal good wishes follow his professional career. Edmund Vance Cooke, the Ohio Poet: My best wishes go with your poems and your readings. I frequently think there never was an age that cared less for poets or that needed them more. Capt. Jack Crawford, the Poet-Scout : You are too modest—Go on and do what God meant you should do and never mind the critics. You have every requisite to make of yourself a first-class, versatile platform entertainer. Your poetic nature, your splendid rich voice, and the pathos which gives expression, are all yours. Go ahead and good luck go with you. Lu B. Cake, New York Poet: I was about to write you not to publish that book of poems too soon, and here is one of your poems with the swing and the touch that shows there is no stopping you. It is in you and it must come out. Your fine face, mental endowment and careful training—you are already a success. Leland Powers, President, School of Oratory, Boston: I should think a program made up of your own writings would be a very successful proposition. A. W. Evans, Author and Lecturer (Nephew of Lloyd George): I have studied Mr. Nye's dramatic portrayals at close range. He is unusually clever. Charles Plattenburg, Redpath Chautauqua Lecturer: Mr. Nye is an unusually attractive entertainer with great magnetism and dramatic power. He has a keen insight into human nature and knows just how to hold an audience. Mr. Nye has a poetic nature, a rich voice and is an actor of no mean ability. No committee would make a mistake in securing Mr. Nye, for he always strikes twelve. Waxahachie (Texas) Daily Light: Tuesday night J. Emerson Nye appeared before an enthusiastic and appreciative audience at the Christian Church auditorium. This was Mr. Nye's third appearance before a Waxahachie audience this season. In each program he scored a success. Mr. Nye is truly a platform artist of exceptional ability. He draws back the curtain from the stage of life and shows us men and women as we know them in every day life and portrays every human passion and every human joy from the cradle to the grave. Pittsburgh, Pa., Leader: An accomplished actor. His careful training met the highest expectations. Hattiesburg, Miss., Progress: The recital was a grand success, the Opera House being filled with people. Prof. Nye is a splendid impersonator, is at home in both classic and comic roles. Ashland, Ohio, Times: The monologue recital of Rip Van Winkle, by Prof. J. Emerson Nye, was as artistic a piece of work as one ever sees on the platform. This charming romance was given new beauty and force by the artistic and original interpretation of this gifted reader. Much of the charm and beauty of the recital came from the speaker's own voice, which is exceptional for its depth, richness and flexibility. The articulation was perfect, every word carrying distinctly to every section of the auditorium. The stage presence and dramatic action of the speaker were also excellent, adding much to the effectiveness of the recital. New Orleans, La., Picayune: His interpretation of Shakespearean characters is equal to that of the greatest actors of the day. Springfield, Ill., State Journal: Prof. Nye gave a most excellent program at the Laurel M. E. Church last evening. As a dramatic monologist he has few equals. His mastery of the principles of speech, combined with a rich voice and scholarly manner, makes his success certain before any audience. Leipsic (Ohio) Tribune: Mr. J. Emerson Nye, impersonator, came to Leipsic last Monday night to entertain our people, and the house was crowded to see him do the job. Then Nye sailed in and gave us Rip Van Winkle, pure and simple, humorous and pathetic, in monologue style. His dramatic impersonation of Ben Hur in the Chariot Race was thrilling and brought great applause from the audience. His whole soul kindled under the excitement. The Oakland City, Ind., Journal: The Chautauqua program last night was a great success. The monologue recital of Rip Van Winkle by Prof. Nye won the hearts and minds of all, and the audience sat spellbound. Vincennes, Ind., Commercial: A large audience greeted Prof. Nye at the University Auditorium last Tuesday night. Mr. Nye presented Rip Van Winkle in a way which showed that he is a master of his art of impersonation. As a closing number, Mr. Nye read an original selection of his own in which he portrayed a literary program of a country school in a way that made the audience break in on his rendition with applause again and again. Art Mason, Manager Ohio Lyceum Bureau: It gives us great pleasure to recommend to the public the splendid work done by J. Emerson Nye. We have used his time on many of our courses the past two seasons and stand ready to place him at the head of the list as a high class entertainer. He has not failed to make good. D. L. Berry, Manager Y. M. C. A., Fort Sill, Okla.: The men of the First and Ninth Field Artillery thoroughly enjoyed Mr. Nye and his recital. They insist that he must be brought back for another entertainment. His class of work is valuable in morale building and mental pacification. M. E. Pearson, Supt. of Schools, Kansas City: Mr. Nye is a gentleman of careful preparation and ripe successful experience. I can heartily recommend him to anyone interested in high class talent. Geo. McKinnis, President, Shawnee, Okla., Chautauqua Association: It gives me unusual pleasure to speak a good word in behalf of J. Emerson Nye of the Redpath-Horner Chautauqua. Mr. Nye is a high-minded young man of sterling worth, unusual ability and culture. He is an artist, an orator and a man of scholarly attainments. We have asked Redpath-Horner for a return of Mr. Nye for 1922. I unhesitatingly recommend Mr. Nye to all Lyceum and Chautauqua people. James Mahood, D.D., President, Fort Morgan, Colo., Chautauqua Association: It is a pleasure to speak a word in favor of Dr. J. Emerson Nye, who was with our Chautauqua during the season of 1921. Mr. Nye is a very pleasant man to meet, one who has exceptional talent and ability.
|Title||J. Emersn Nye, Ph. D|
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|Personal Name Subject||Nye, J. Emerson|
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