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Kean, Charles John, 1811?-1868.

Charles Kean letter to J. Webster

1839 March 3

Descriptive Summary

Identification: MSS 099, F803

Creator: Kean, Charles John, 1811?-1868.

Title: Charles Kean letter to J. Webster

Inclusive Dates: 1839 March 3

Extent: 1 item (3 pp.)

Abstract: Autograph letter from English actor and theater manager Charles Kean to J. Webster.

Language: Materials entirely in English.


MSS 099, F803, Charles Kean letter to J. Webster, Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.

Shelving Summary

Shelved in SPEC MSS 099


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Biographical Note

Son of noted actor Edmund Kean, Charles Keane (1811–1868) began acting at a young age to support his mother after his father left the family. Despite early criticism, Keane rose to prominence and won success with an 1838 production of Hamlet. He married fellow actress Ellen Tree in 1848 and eventually became known as one of most versatile actors of his era. The Keans managed the Princesses's Theater where they became known for meticulously staged plays incorporating innovations in production techniques.


M. Glen Wilson, "Kean, Charles John (1811–1868)." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. (accessed August, 16 2007).

Scope and Content Note

Autograph letter signed from Charles Keane to J. Webster. Kean mentions engagements in Dublin and America.

Selected Search Terms

Topical Terms
Actors, English--19th century--Correspondence.
Form/Genre Terms
Letters (correspondence)

Related Materials in this Repository

This item forms part of MSS 099 Miscellaneous Literary and Historical Manuscripts.

Detailed Contents List

Charles Kean letter to J. Webster, 1839 March 3   [Box 53 F810]

3 pp.

Autograph letter signed.