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Relationships of Booth, Edwin

To explore the relationships between the various bohemian writers and artists who frequented Pfaff's bar, select a person or group, and then select a relationship type. This section of the site is currently under construction; new content is being added on a regular basis.

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Stoddard, Elizabeth Barstow (1823-1902)

After Booth's wife died, Booth discovered a letter from Mrs. Stoddard to Mrs. Booth that instructed her to come to New York immediately, as Booth had lost total control of himself and was misbehaving. This note led to a permanent rift between the two previous friends.


Clapp, Henry Jr. (1814-1875)

Clapp reviews Booth's portrayal of Hamlet badly.

Clifton, Ada (1835-1891)

Eytinge, Rose (1838-1911)

Eytinge originally met Edwin Booth while working in Albany, and later in New York that he offered her the part of Fiordilisa in A Fool's Revenge.

Fiske, Stephen Ryder (1840-1916)

In his article, theater critic Fiske condemns Booth for always sticking to Shakespearean roles and not doing more to elevate his profession.

Stephen Ryder Fiske sharply criticized Booth for not doing more to elevate his profession.

Jefferson, Joseph (1829-1905)

Jefferson played Rip van Winkle at Booth's theater during the 1868-1869 season.

Seymour, Charles Bailey (1829-1869)

Seymour mentions Booth in his column in the Saturday Press.

Seymour devotes a section of his column in the Saturday Press to Booth and his return to the stage.

Wilkins, Edward (Ned) G. P. (1829-1861)

Like Clapp, Wilkins reviewed Booth harshly, and thought that his acting was lacking. Wilkins felt that he had the "true fire of genius" but needed time to cultivate it.

Edward G. P. Wilkins felt that Booth had "the true fire of genius which needs but time, industry, and study to place its possessor in the very rank of living tragedians."

Winter, William (1836-1917)

Winter was considered by Aldrich to be Booth's authentic biographer. Winter published a book on Booth called The Life and Art of Edwin Booth.


Aldrich, Thomas Bailey (1836-1907)

Booth introduced Aldrich to his future wife. Mrs. Aldrich admired Booth very much for his acting skills and fine personality. Later, the Booths and the Aldrichs became close friends and attended parties together(1-5). At a party, Booth contradicted a girl's supposed description of Aldrich's appearance (18-19). Aldrich often sat in Booth's box at the theater with Launt Thompson (25). Beginning February 9, 1863, Aldrich looked after Booth during a theatrical engagement in New York at Mrs. Booth's request (29-33). After Lincoln's assassination by Booth's brother, Aldrich was one of a group of friends who waited at Booth's New York home for his arrival. Aldrich stayed by Booth's side until and after his brother was caught (74-75).

Aldrich dedicates a book to his friend and comrade Edwin Booth.

Booth is considered a member of Aldrich's closer circle of friends (38). Aldrich came to Booth's aid after his brother John Wilkes assasinated President Lincoln (72-73).

Winter states that Booth and Aldrich had been good friends, and dedicates his book on Booth to Aldrich.

Eytinge, Rose (1838-1911)

Booth and Eytinge met in the theater when he offered her a part in A Fool's Revenge. They worked together subsequently. Rose considered Booth very kind and enjoyed working with him.

O'Brien, Fitz-James (1826-1862)

Stoddard, Elizabeth Barstow (1823-1902)

The Booths and the Stoddards were friendly and visited with each other.

Included in a list of individuals with whom Elizabeth shared a friendship (9).

Elizabeth Stoddard was part of Booth's literary circle.

Stoddard, Richard Henry (1825-1903)

The Booths and the Stoddards were friendly and visited with each other.

Thompson, Launt (1833-1894)

Thompson often sat in Booth's box at the theater with Aldrich (25).

As a close friend of Edwin Booth, Thompson accompanied Mrs. Booth on a trip to New York to visit her sick daughter, following the assassination of Lincoln (75-6).

Thompson came to Booth's aid after his brother John Wilkes assasinated President Lincoln: "the only cloud came through his love and friendship for Edwin Booth, who, after the assassination of Lincoln by his brother John, feeling that the name Booth must be forever the synonym of infamy, shut himself moodily within his house. There for weeks and months he lived, the melancholy target for all the cruel notes and letters that came daily to his door. The only mitigations of his mood came through the friendly ministrations of Launt Thompson and Aldrich, who shared his solitude both day and night" (72-3).

Whitman, Walt (1819-1892)

Edwin Booth was one of the thirty-two contributors who contributed ten dollars apiece to purchase a horse and buggy for Whitman in 1884-1885.

Winter, William (1836-1917)