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Some Vital Talking Points on Wallace Bruce Amsbary Amsbary HERE COMES THE BEARER OF A STORY. FOREWORD The object of this little brouchure is to acquaint agents of The Redpath with Mr. Amsbary's offering to the Lyceum and Chautauqua. To give fuller information than the ordinary circular can impart. To furnish some hints where it is best to place the attraction. To analyze the different programs that he gives and to put the agent in possession of some intimate facts so that he can give to committees a thorough and intelligent understanding of the original and stimulating character of his work. Mr. Amsbary is now entering the sixteenth year of continuous service on the Lyceum and Chautauqua platform. As an entertainer he has won his laurels, but a new element has entered into his art, viz.: his lecture recitals, that presage great promise. This phase of his work is little known, but wherever it has been given its success has been extremely flattering. Return engagements show up well on a route sheet, and this has been the rule. AUTHOR As an author Mr. Amsbary has made a distinctly original contribution to literature in those rollicking sketches of the Illinois French-Canadian: THE BALLADES OF BOURBONNAIS. The book is published by the Bobbs-Merrill Company, Indianapolis, in the same form as the Riley volumes, and contains one hundred drawings by Will Vawter, and is now in its third edition. AMSBARY'S PROGRAMS. AS ENTERTAINER In booking the attraction as an entertainment, acquaint the committee with the wide scope it covers. It is the most varied program offered on the platform, and takes the resources of a most finished artist to interpret its many phrases. Humor predominates, yet now and then a strong dramatic sketch of compelling and convincing power is cleverly interpolated and brings the audience flush with the deeper significance of humanity and its crying needs. The whole program is a delightful blend of every day life. In this he voices every wholesome element of American life, and its cheery, optimistic helpful and stimulating note makes straight-way to the heart. To suit local conditions, excerpts of the more popular portions of Mr. Amsbary's lectures are often embodied in this program. Committees will get in this miscellany, the entertaining features of an entertainment and the intellectual stimulus of a lecture. AS LECTURER Mr. Amsbary's lectures are the most unique and novel offering that has been presented to the platform in recent years. The range of the subjects presents a wide field. Great care has been taken in the preparation. Every lecture reflects the color and atmosphere, the poetic rythm and tone of the author he is interpreting. He heightens the author's message by a brilliant and illuminating commentary, and its subtle significance is revealed in a most charming and artistic manner. Mr. Amsbary's wide acquaintance with, and keen appreciation of literature, his twelve years' experience on the stage, a portion of which time was devoted exclusively to the interpretation of Shakesperean roles, and a large repertoire of old English comedies, fits him admirably for the task of interpreting character as found in the literature of the present day. THE LECTURES THE POET-SEER OF LOCKERBIE STREET. JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY In booking a lecture we would suggest agents to push the above title. It is the life story of the Hoosier Poet and is the most popular lecture in the repertoire. Sixteen poems of Riley are interpreted, interesting commentary and reminiscences are interspersed. This lecture never fails to meet unalloyed approval. THE SINGER OF THE SEVEN SEAS. JOSEPH RUDYARD KIPLING Is a forceful interpretative recital of this Poet of Empire. No stronger expression of the world's work and the high ideals, from the Anglo-Saxon standpoint is uttered than comes from the pen of this gifted and versatile Englishman, and Mr. Amsbary's presentation will pass muster with the most discerning and captious of critics. Book for women clubs, colleges, normals and universities. THE ROMANCE AND POETRY OF THE NORTHLAND. THE FRENCH-CANADIAN IN SONG AND STORY A comprehensive survey of the character of the French-Canadian in literature. Colorful descriptions of the mystic Northland. Character portraits of the voyageur, courier du bois, and habitat. Interpretations of Dr. Wm. Henry Drumond's verse. Henry Van Dyke's artistic stories, and dramatic sketches of Sir Gilbert Parker, which bring us in close touch with the crude civilization, the wildness of that free life not altogether without chivalry, honor, and virtue. Book for women's clubs colleges, or for return dates. PHASES OF SHAKESPEARE'S WIT AND HUMOR. WM. SHAKESPEARE Good wine needs no bush, and Shakespeare's plays need no commentary. In this lecture recital Mr. Amsbary interprets scenes from The Taming of the Shrew,Merry Wives of Windsor,As You Like It.Twelfth. Night and Henry IV. Book for women's clubs, colleges or return dates. CHAUTAUQUA. MORNING TALKS Mr. AMSBARY'S series of literary lectures designed for the morning hour at Chautauquas is a rare offering along inspirational lines and any Chautauqua committee will be extremely fortunate to have the course included in their program. This can be secured in addition to Mr. Amsbary's services as platform manager. Six morning hours can be filled, besides a brisk and breezy program for one of the afternoon sessions. The result of the literary lectures is cumulative. At several Chautauquas a mere handfull of people greeted the speaker on the first morning; yet so popular did the series prove that on the last morning the audiences had grown to five hundred people. SUNDAY TALKS Both the Kipling and Riley programs can be arranged suitable for Y. M. C. A. men's meetings. But care should be taken to acquaint secretaries with the information that they are literary programs, yet in thorough keeping with the place and day, that they have been given in almost every department of Y. M. C. A. in Mr. Amsbary's home city, Chicago. Kipling is the preferable subject to book for Sunday programs. SOME NOTABLE ENGAGEMENTS. Y. M. C. A.'s SAN FRANCISCO Star course. SAN FRANCISCO Mission Street Branch. Gardiner Institute, Gardiner, Mass. Stockton, Cal., Star Course. Louisville, Ky., Star Course. Pitttsburgh, Pa., Star Course. Portland, Ore., Star Course. St. Louis, Mo., Star Course. Peoria, Ill., Star Course (Three times). Evansville, Ind., Star Course (Two times). Chicago Central (Nine times). Hyde Park Branch (Thirty-nine times and re-engaged for the sixth consecutive Sunday nearest Christmas, 1913. Dearborn R. R. Dept. Eight times. Wilson Ave. Branch. Four times. Division Street Dept. Two times. West Side Dept. Four times. Sears-Roebuck Dept. Two times. UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES. University of Washington, Seattle. Yale University, New Haven. Purdue University, La Fayette. Iowa Normal, Cedar Falls. Two times. Iowa Agricultural College, Ames. State Normal, Oneonta, N. Y. Goodwyn Institute (three lectures), Memphis, Tenn. (This is the largest lecture course in the world.) University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Throop Polytechnic Institute, Pasadena. CHAUTAUQUAS CHAUTAUQUA INSTITUTION (two lectures), Chautauqua Lake, N. Y. (Re-engaged for Riley lecture, July 7th, 1913.) Lincoln, Ill. (Three years, twelve lectures). Danville, Ill. (Five years, four days each year). Beloit, Kas. (Two years, eight lectures). Geneseo, Ill. (Twice on lecture course, Platform supt. and morning hour lecturer, 1912 Chautauqua. Re-engaged for same 1913 Chautauqua. Urbana, Ill. (Five years, twenty days in all). WOMEN'S CLUBS IN CHICAGO AND VICINITY South Side Club, 3 lectures. Arché Club, 1 lecture. Englewood, 3 lectures. North End, 1 lecture. Lake View, 2 lectures. Bryn Mawr, 1 lecture. Friday Tea Cup, 2 lectures. Ottawa, Ill., Woman's Club, 1 lecture.
|Title||Some vital talking points on Wallace Bruce Ambary|
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|Personal Name Subject||Amsbary, Wallace Bruce|
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