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The playwright Charles Klein was born in London, England, on 7 January 1867. He was one of four sons of Hermann Klein, a professor of languages, and the former Adelaide Soman. All four brothers had careers in the performing arts: Hermann was a singing teacher and music critic, Alfred became an actor, and Manuel was musical director of the New York Hippodrome and a composer who collaborated on the operetta Mr. Pickwick (1903) with Charles. Klein immigrated to the United States at the age of sixteen, as he said, "to carve out my own career." He made up his mind to become a dramatist and decided the best way to learn stagecraft was to get experience as an actor. He began in amateur theatricals and later moved to the professional stage, playing the juvenile parts for which his small stature was suited, including the title role in Little Lord Fauntleroy. In 1888 he married Lillian Gottlieb and they had one son, Philip. A playwright is an author of plays for performance in the theater. ... St Stevens Tower - The Clock Tower of the Palace of Westminster which contains Big Ben London (see also different names) is the capital city of the United Kingdom and of England. ... Royal motto: Dieu et mon droit (French: God and my right) Englands location within the UK Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area  - Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population  - Total (2001)  - Density Ranked 1st UK 49,138,831 377/km² Ethnicity... January is the first month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... 1867 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... Operetta (literally, little opera) is a performance art-form similar to opera, though it generally deals with less serious topics. ... 1903 has the latest occurring solstices and equinoxes for 400 years, because the Gregorian calendar hasnt had a leap year for seven years or a century leap year since 1600. ... A dramatist is an author of dramatic compositions, usually plays. ... Stage has several meanings: In rocketry, a stage is one of several independent rockets used to reduce the need for fuel. ... Little Lord Fauntleroy is a novel by American (English-born) author Frances Hodgson Burnett, published in 1886. ... 1888 is a leap year starting on Sunday (click on link for calendar). ...


In 1890 he was given an opportunity to revise a play he was appearing in, and from then on his dramatic output was continual. Many of his works were written in collaboration with other dramatists or adapted from novels. His early plays were mostly comedies, operettas, and farces, but after the turn of the century, he gravitated toward melodrama and strove for more of a social purpose. Among his most successful works were two librettos for operettas by John Philip Sousa, El Capitan (1895), with lyrics by Thomas Frost, and The Charlatan (1898); the operetta Red Feather (1903), written with composer Reginald De Koven and lyricist Charles Emerson Cook and produced by Florenz Ziegfeld, Jr.; The Auctioneer (1901), written with Lee Arthur and produced by David Belasco as a starring vehicle for David Warfield; The Music Master (1904), also written for Warfield; The Lion and the Mouse (1905); The Third Degree (1909); The Gamblers (1910); and Potash and Perlmutter (1913), written with Montague Glass. 1890 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... A play is a common form of literature, usually consisting chiefly of dialog between characters, and usually intended for performance rather than reading. ... Comedy is the use of humour in the performing arts. ... Definition A farce is a comedy written for the stage, or a film, which aims to entertain the audience by means of unlikely and extravagant yet often possible situations, disguise and mistaken identity, verbal humour of varying degrees of sophistication, which may include puns and sexual innuendo, and a fast... Poster for The Perils of Pauline (1914). ... Libretto can also refer to a sub-notebook PC manufactured by Toshiba. ... John Philip de Sousa John Philip Sousa or John Philip de Sousa (November 6, 1854 - March 6, 1932) is probably the most famous conductor and composer in history of military marches. ... 1895 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... 1898 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... 1903 has the latest occurring solstices and equinoxes for 400 years, because the Gregorian calendar hasnt had a leap year for seven years or a century leap year since 1600. ... 1901 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... 1904 is a leap year starting on a Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1905 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... 1909 was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... 1910 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... 1913 is a common year starting on Wednesday. ...


Between 1912 and 1929 several of the plays were made into silent films; The Gamblers, for example, was filmed at least four times. He also novelized some of his plays in order to capitalize on their popularity. 1912 is a leap year starting on Monday. ... 1929 was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... A silent film is a film which has no accompanying soundtrack. ...


In addition to writing plays, Klein worked as a play reader and censor for producer and theater owner Charles Frohman. The pair were sailing on the RMS Lusitania on 7 May 1915 when the liner was sunk by a German U-boat and both lost their lives. For omission and secrecy, see Censorship. ... RMS Mauretania, the Lusitanias sister ship The RMS Lusitania was an ocean liner of the British Cunard Steamship Lines. ... This article is about the month of May. ... 1915 was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... U-boat is also a nickname for some diesel locomotives built by GE; see List of GE locomotives October 1939. ...


Sources:


"Charles Klein (I)." The Internet Movie Database. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0458691. Accessed 2 December 2003.


Edgett, Edwin Francis. "Klein, Charles." In Dictionary of American Biography, ed. by Dumas Malone. Vol. 2. New York: Scribner's, 1933.


Wightman, John. "Mr. Charles Klein, the Author." The Playgoer and Society Illustrated 6, no. 34 (1912): 116.


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The playwright Charles Klein was born in London, England, on 7 January 1867.
He was one of four sons of Hermann Klein, a professor of languages, and the former Adelaide Soman.
Klein immigrated to the United States at the age of sixteen, as he said, "to carve out my own career." He made up his mind to become a dramatist and decided the best way to learn stagecraft was to get experience as an actor.
§20. Charles Klein. XVIII. The Drama, 1860–1918. Vol. 17. Later National Literature, Part II. The Cambridge ... (320 words)
Charles Klein, however, tried to give newspaper crispness to business condition, which Bronson Howard had suggested in The Henrietta.
The fact is that Charles Klein (1867–1915), from the moment he stopped writing librettos like El Capitan, had a strongly developed reportorial sense which was more theatrical than profound.
The fact is, Klein had no political vision, though none of his contemporaries could be more earnest in the handling of social materials.
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