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The VERDICT Figure Peter Clark Macfarlane Man of Letters Man of Laughter Verdict of the Press On the 1922 Lyceum Tour of Peter Clark Macfarlane W E all know him as a leading American writer. In this little booklet we want you to know him as a leading American lecturer—for that is exactly what he is. The Affiliated Lyceum managers persuaded him to steal away from his busy literary routine a year or so ago, to tell of the human touch as he had found it in his strangely varied career in many lands, as digger of ditches, student, court reporter, private secretary, railroad clerk, teacher of elocution, actor, lecturer, preacher, journalist, war correspondent and fictionist. But let the reporters of America tell what they think of him as a lecturer. The excerpts are but a few of hundreds that have followed along his sunshine trail. They tell the story of the man and his lecture—truly, vividly, and in most convincing fashion. Read these pages and get acquainted with Peter Clark Macfarlane, Lecturer. The Verdict Macfarlane Thrills, Says Memphis Commercial Appeal. With the dignity and dramatic fire of a James O'Neil, the wit of a Bourke Cochran, the suavity and eloquence of the quieter sort—when needed—of a Chauncey Depew, yet his own original self in voice, now deeply sonorous, now smoothly in the upper reaches, Peter Clark Macfarlane, fictionist, war correspondent and platform lecturer, thrilled as no speaker has ever thrilled a large audience at the Goodwyn Institute last night. Heroic in stature, his hair almost a snowy white, yet with his massive frame, his mobile face pulsating with the fire of enthusiasm over his subject, the speaker was alike at home in limning with photographic accuracy and kinetic trueness the characteristics of men like, etc.... Mr. Macfarlane modestly described himself as merely a reporter and … stated that his success at interviewing had been due perhaps to the fact that nature abhors a vacuum … Perhaps Mr. Macfarlane is, or rather was, right. At any rate that vacuum was shown to be filled last night, and from its depth there was breathed, there was shouted, there was sung, there was smiled, there was finally hurled, such a flow of eloquence, such a wealth of anecdote, such a store of intimate information concerning great men, such an impression of the scenes attendant upon the close of the world conflict that many vacuums—and there were many—in the audience themselves were filled; and the result—edification to the highest degree for all who had the good fortune to hear this gifted speaker. (Following this the Appeal printed more than one column of detailed report of the lecture matter.) Evening of Pure Enjoyment. Says Webster City (Ia.) News. From the moment he was introduced until his dramatic closing the evening was one of pure enjoyment … intimate glimpses of well-known Americans. ... as fine a bit of humor and acting as has ever been seen here. The audience rocked in laughter time after time. … The audience was wiping its eyes but not from grief when he had finished. His naive recounting of … was worth the price of the course ticket. Mr. Macfarlane closed his evening's entertainment with some real flights into oratory and proved himself the clever, versatile speaker, actor and entertainer that he was reputed to be. Eau Claire, Wis., Thrilled by Magic of Story-Teller's Art. Most pleasing of all the numbers in this season's lyceum course, was undoubtedly that of last night when the talented, experienced, Peter Clark Macfarlane held an audience almost spellbound for an hour and a half or more. Intensely American, he gives a patriotic touch that seems tender and true. … The word picture gripped the audience … one of the most moving recitals of heroism ever heard from a lecture platform … exceedingly intimate and personal and yet recounted with the utmost delicacy and good taste … in the magic of his story-teller's art he holds his audience breathless in suspense. Audience Charmed with Macfarlane Says The Columbia, S. C. State. ... He is a dramatic speaker, has excellent stage presence and has a happy faculty of mingling the tragic and the humorous in such fashion as to hold the closest attention of his audience. Captivates Large Lyceum Audience Best Number in Whole Series. Mr. Macfarlane captured us from the very start and we stayed with him to the end of his talk. We soared with him in his flights of oratory, we sat breathless as he depicted a touching scene in the life of some great man, and we laughed ourselves sick at him in his humorous delineations. That Mr. Macfarlane has been an actor was evident from the dramatic manner in which he delivered his lecture. He made each person whom he portrayed seem to stand right out before our very eyes where we could 'look him over.' As he described what these characters said and did they seemed to be on the platform with the speaker.— Wilmington (S. C.) “Go Forward.” Every Number of High Grade—But Macfarlane Highest of All. Peter Clark Macfarlane, man of letters, man of laughter, and greatly admired as an American fictionist, delivered one of his famous lectures to a crowded house last night and it was a treat from beginning to end. Mr. Macfarlane, the last of the ten attractions … every one being of the highest order, and Mr. Macfarlane the highest of all, for he is in a class by himself and 'on the top.' … all too short for every one in the large auditorium.— Vicksburg (Miss.) Daily. Famous Author and Lecturer Pleases Nebraska Audience Enjoys Macfarlane. His address was not a cut-and-dried affair, formal in its tone, but was rather a clean-cut talk in which the man upon the platform told of his personal experiences, some of the things which he could not well bring to the public upon the printed page. He held the interest of the audience steadfastly from the beginning until the very end, injecting enough real humor into his narrative to make it very entertaining. — Beatrice (Neb.), Daily Sun. Portland Oregonian Praises Lecture And Rare Gifts of Macfarlane. ... filled his recital with cleverness and very brilliant word painting. He has a rare gift of humor and an equally fine gift at portraying pathos, and his accounts stirred his audience to laughter or to quiet thoughts. Macfarlane Tells 1500 Tacomans Of His Interesting Experiences. ... delighted the audience … gales of laughter greeted his stories.— Tacoma (Wash.), Ledger. Fine Lecture Given by Macfarlane. A fine lecture was given by Peter Clarke Macfarlane to a large and appreciative audience.— Bloomburg (Pa.), Morning Press. Captures Bend Audience. Last night at the Liberty theater he accomplished something rarer and more enduring. With magnetic personality, from the fullness of a soul rich in experience and ripened and made sweet by his love for his fellow man, he imbedded himself in the hearts of people … a subject that allowed the gifted speaker full play of his remarkably versatile ability … The next instant he would have those who heard him wiping the moisture from their eyes, or rocking with laughter.— Bend, (Ore.), Daily Press. Oklahoma City Times Comments: His audience traveled right along with him and when he had finished his talk one could almost hear the tension to which the audience had been subjected suddenly lessen and break out into spontaneous applause. — Texas Audience Enjoys Him, Too. His large audience was greatly interested, and many expressed the view that no more informative and entertaining lecturer had ever visited Temple. — Temple (Tex.), Telegram. Columbus, O., Citizen Praises Talk. ... one of the most energetic speakers that has appeared here upon a Lecture Club program.— Columbus (Ohio), Citizen. Steubenville, (O.) Papers Pleased: He is a very forceful speaker and has the power to sway his audience. ... Mingling his humor with a thread of pathos, he captured his audience in the ninety minutes that he spoke.— (These excerpts from Steubenville (Ohio), Papers.) Most Graphic Descriptions and Fascinating Word Pictures. ... He satirized himself as irresistibly ludicrous when, as a wild-eyed amateur, he went out looking for the war. His description of the various dilemmas into which he got himself, each absurdity more laughable than the last, kept the audience in much merriment … the laughs are not caused by the importation into it of funny anecdotes, but rather from his natural wit and pure humor. When the lecture is finished the hearers feel their knowledge of American characters in public life has been vastly increased.— Elyria (Ohio). Turns Searchlight on Characters of Great Men. Replete with anecdotes of intense human interest and brimming over with a spirit of wit, optimism and a keen and sympathetic understanding of human nature, was the address given Monday night by Peter Clark Macfarlane, author, journalist and more recently, film writer … lifted the veil that has hung over some of the most interesting and illusive bypaths of American history in the past 25 years.— Muskegon (Mich.), Chronicle. A Compelling Personality Says Monmouth, (Or.) Herald. ... Mr. Macfarlane is a big man, both physically and in these gifts of mind and heart that privilege the possessor to see with keen insight and understand with rare sympathy. He brings to the lecture platform a wide acquaintance with famous people, and his stories made well known characters stand forth human as the average man. He spoke with a beauty of diction that comes only after long and studied use of one's mother tongue. A compelling personality, as well as vivid interest of subject matter held the audience without a break for nearly two hours—an achievement for any speaker. Seattle States Frankly: Macfarlane is Great. We are today re-impressed with Macfarlane. Friday night lecture was great. Today's talk was equally impressive. I have never heard a finer combination of inspiration, information and humor. Our people feel that Macfarlane is the best number we have had on course this year. He measures up to the best we have had in the seventeen years that we have run the course. —EDWARD J. FULLER. Audience Pleased With Interviewer. —Marshalltown (Ia.) Times-Republican. Mr. Macfarlane's experiences, which cover travels in all parts of the world, make an interesting subject for a lecture, and his appearance and delivery magnetize the audience and weld it to his line of thought. … Mr. Macfarlane's talk was full of irresistible humor. The elements of his platform qualities are a pleasing personality, commanding appearance, a rich and pliant voice and an enthusiasm that is infectious. Macfarlane Pleases Large Audience. ... will be remembered by all who heard it, variously as the most graphic, colorful, touching, dramatic and humorous lecture probably ever delivered in Sedalia. Mr. Macfarlane's unusual personality won the hearts of all who heard him.— Sedalia (Mo.), Capitol. Lives Up to His Reputation. Mr. Macfarlane was heralded as a 'public speaker with few equals and no superiors.' He lived up entirely to his reputation. His unusual personality won over the audience.— Sedalia (Mo.), Democrat. His Humor is Most Refreshing. The address by Peter Clark Macfarlane, was one of the best in the history of the club's more than a quarter of century of annual entertainment courses. … The humor of Mr. Macfarlane is refreshing but he also possesses the power to touch upon the more solemn and tender emotions.— Titusville (Pa.). Chippewa (Wis.) Herald Acclaims Macfarlane Lecture Literary Treat. Those who failed to hear Mr. Macfarlane at the High School Auditorium Saturday night missed a literary treat. Mr. Macfarlane is a man of pleasing personality, and his experience as an actor at one period of his career is plainly evidenced by the histrionic ability he displays, the flexibility of his voice with its frequent transitions from humor to pathos, and his spontaneity of gesture and gift of impersonation. Unusual and Decidedly Different Is Fond du Lac Editor's Opinion. ... The speaker gave a lecture so unusual and decidedly different from the utterance of the usual platform artist that the large audience was held spellbound during the course of the two hour lecture.— Daily Commonwealth, Fond du Lac (Wis.). Address Abounds in Humor and Entertainment. ... gripped his audience when he appeared here Saturday evening and delivered in that peculiar style which has made the lecturer one of the most distinctive speakers of the American platform.— Casper (Wyo.). Makes Entertaining Talk. It did not take his listeners long to realize that he is a master of the English language. There was not a person in the audience who did not actually live each scene or picture as presented by Macfarlane—that is his gift—both in speech and in the written word.— Casper (Wyo.), Herald. Management Affiliated Lyceum & Chautauqua Assn., Inc. Executive Offices 911 North American Bldg., Chicago Permanent Address: Peter Clark Macfarlane Box 47, Pacific Grove, Cal.
|Title||The verdict: Peter Clark Macfarlane, man of letters, man of laughter|
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|Personal Name Subject||Macfarlane, Peter Clark|
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