Born in New York City on New Year’s Eve in 1820, John Lester Wallack was christened John Johnstone Wallack; he later adopted Lester John Wallack as his professional name.
Personne begins with a summary of his column and draws on a "novelistic" style in his opening, speaking to Effendi and referencing David Copperfield's Mrs. Micawber. Personne renames several members of the theatrical community. He then discusses the "Opera Wars" currently being waged between the city's Opera managers and among the Opera community in general. Personne claims that two Operas in one city works badly and gives reasons for his claim. Turning briefly to the theaters, Personne discusses the debut of Mrs. George Jordan at the Winter Garden for her husband's benefit. Personne expresses a wish to see her regularly on the New York stage.
Refers to him as "Victor Sejour Gayler" (3).
Refers to her as "Laura B.S. Keene" (3).
(It is unclear which Strakosch Personne is writing about.) Mentioned in relation to the "Opera Wars" (3).
Refers to him as "Octave Feuillet Lester" (3).
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