Rudolph Heinrich Genée

* 12.12.1824 ; ✝ 19.01.1914

Actor, Virtuoso Speaker, Theatre Historian

Biography

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Genée, the son of theatre director Richard Genée, first encountered with the theatre while his father was in charge of the Danzig City Theatre. Though he received early training as a bass singer, he soon turned to journalism and writing. As a writer he was best known for his several plays and stage adaptations, among them adaptations of Shakespeare plays, and was also active as a public reader of Shakespeare. Some of his works were written under the pseudonym ‘P. P. Hamlet’.

Although Genée kept his distance from the professional study of philology – which is no doubt why he never had more than limited contact with the Shakespeare Society – he none the less published a series of Shakespeare studies, though these met with a mixed reception from specialists.

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Citation and Licence

Genée, Rudolph Heinrich, in: The Digital Shakespeare Memorial Album. Edited by Christa Jansohn. URI: http://www.shakespearealbum.de/uri/gnd/116542020. (Accessed on 18.09.2019)

This text is published under the following licence: CC BY-ND 3.0 DE. Digitzed media reproduced with the permission of the library of Birmingham.

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