Born in England in 1811, Thomas Blades (Bladies) de Walden made his first appearance on the English stage in 1841, then traveled to New York for his premier on the American stage at Park theatre in
C.B.S. discusses several theatrical affairs in this Feuilleton. He begins with a discussion of the overcrowded and theatrically disappointing opening of Miss Rushton's theater, followed by a discussion of the French Theatre and his experience watching this company at the Academy of Music. C.B.S. follows this with a discussion of Edwin Booth's return to the stage and the Herald's recent "attack" upon him that mentioned Booth's brother's crime. C.B.S. ends the main column with a discussion of Charles Webb's theatrical career, his plays' successes in California, and their anticpated arrival in New York.
C.B.S. devotes a section of his column to Booth and his return to the stage. C.B.S. announces the beginning of Booth's engagement at the Winter Garden. C.B.S. also refers to the "recent attack" on Booth in the Herald relating to Booth's brother's "great crime" (345).
C.B.S. makes a passing mention of De Walden's new play in a note after the Feuilleton (345)
C.B.S. announces him as "a new dramatist." C.B.S. claims that he remembers Webb quite well and that on their last meeting he did not find Webb's puns very amusing, to which Webb responded by "kindly [offering] to p-p-p-punch my head for me." C.B.S. discusses his earlier career as a poet and his new venture as a playwright with Our Friend from Victoria, which was well-recieved, and his follow-up burlesque, Arrah-na-Pogue (345).
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