This biography, which Julia Marlowe's husband has transposed to the first person, constitutes a testament to the art of acting and the American theater of the late 19th and early 20th century when Marlowe was one of the great stars. It is an embellished story of ambition, effort, endurance and purpose and carries a stage- struck youngster from Ohio and children's companies to New York and Europe as a first lady of the profession. There is much about study and training, particularly voice, great emphasis on rehearsals, roles and performances and the long miles of touring. And from the dressing room, fellow players make their entrances and their exits with producers, managers and citizens of the ordinary world, as her authority in Shakespeare achieves its peak, and as co-starring with Sothern becomes a permanent association. There's pride and delight in her 46 years behind the footlights and underneath the greasepaint there's a warm, understanding woman. A very personal note in the field of theatrical biography.