* 05.06.1823 in Tempelburg; ✝ 28.10.1880 in Thal
Writer, Actor, Dramatic Reader
Emil Palleske studied history and philology in Berlin, before turning to a career in acting. Smaller roles in Posen, Stettin and Oldenburg hardly constituted a real breakthrough, but he did manage to acquire an extraordinary reputation as a reader of classical texts, above all of Shakespearian dramas. Between 1850 and 1880 he appeared on more than 3000 occasions as a reader, taking his programme on tour all over Europe.
Not content with making a name for himself as a reader, he also emerged as a writer. Dramas such as König Monmouth (1853) and Oliver Cromwell (1857) were received positively, but never won a permanent place in the repertoire. Palleske is also known as a Schiller biographer.
- Oliver Cromwell, Berlin, 1857.
- Schillers Leben und Werke. 2 vols. Berlin, 1858/59.
- Die Kunst des Vortrags. Stuttgart, 1880.
- Weller, Maximilian: 'Emil Palleske 1823-1880'. In: W. Menn (ed.): Pommersche Lebensbilder IV. Köln und Graz, 1966. Pp. 372-358.
- Weller, Maximilian: Tieck, Schall, Holtei, Immermann, Palleske. Zur Stilkunde und Kulturgeschichte des deutschen Dichtungsvortrags von 1800 – 1880. Würzburg, 1939.
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Palleske, Emil, in: The Digital Shakespeare Memorial Album. Edited by Christa Jansohn. URI: https://www.shakespearealbum.de/uri/gnd/116018763. (Accessed on 24.01.2022)
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