Saturday, July 12, 2008

Ethel Barrymore, mystery fan.

"During a period when Ethel Barrymore was recuperating from illness, the actress's nurse came to Biblo and Tannen every week to stock up on detective stories. The nurse bought a dozen mysteries at a time."-- Marvin Mondlin and Roy Meador, Book Row: An Anecdotal and Pictorial History of the Antiquarian Book Trade (New York: Carroll, 2006), 167.

And from Barrymore's Memories: An Autobiography (New York: Harper, 1955):
"I read Poe, too, and I still think that 'The Gold Bug' and "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" are the best of all the classic detective stories. Poe's own tragic story always fascinated me. There was no happiness for him anywhere. I have always thought that he, too, was born under a dark star" (62).

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