An interesting 1903 letter written by the playwright Edward Rose in which he discusses W. S. Gilbert's plays. Rose writes, "A word in your ear, in case you wish to use the bit of my recollection which deals with Gilbert's plays. I've looked up the lines I meant to quote--& I find them unquotable! But I think the passage makes sense without them." Rose's plays were performed by Lillie Langtry, among others, and he was for a while drama critic of the Sunday Times. He knew W. S. Gilbert, Arthur Sullivan, Oscar Wilde, Lillie Langtry, and many more men and women of the stage of the era. Dimensions seven by four inches. Light edgewear and small puncture otherwise good. See biographies below.

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From Wikipedia:

Edward Rose (7 August 1849 - 31 December 1904) was an English dramatist and playwright, best known for his adaptations of novels for the stage, mainly The Prisoner of Zenda. He was also the theatre critic for The Sunday Times.


Edward Rose was born in Swaffham, Norfolk, on 7 August 1849, son of Dr Caleb Rose, F.R.C.S., M.R.C.P.
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