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Rose, Edward, 1849-1904 (dramatist and critic)

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1849 - 1904

Biography

Edward Rose was born at Swaffham, Norfolk, on 7 August 1849, the son of a medical doctor, Caleb Rose, and Isabella Morse. His grandfather, Caleb Burrell Rose, was a surgeon and geologist, and there were other surgeons, as well as clergymen, among previous generations of the family. Edward was educated at Islington Proprietary School and Ipswich Grammar School, and also spent time in Scotland and Wales. In 1868 he was articled with the firm of Cobbold and Yarrington, solicitors of Ipswich, but after passing the Intermediate Examination he left the law for literature and moved to London in 1872. He had already written comedies and a pantomime for the theatre in Ipswich, and his first London work was a one-act comedy called Our Farm, produced at the Queen's Theatre in 1871. He went on to write several dozen stage works, ranging from romantic drama to farce, and himself acted in many of them, specializing in comic roles. His greatest successes, however, were adaptations of other people's stories, notably Vice Versa by F. Anstey (T.A. Guthrie) in 1883, The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope (A. H. Hawkins) in January 1896, and Under the Red Robe by Stanley Weyman in October 1896. Rose was also a journalist, writing for the Illustrated London News for some twenty years, including a series on 'English Homes', illustrated by G. Montbard. He was a theatre critic - a notably kindly one - and a member and Vice-President of the Playgoers Club. Towards the end of his life he published an educational book: The Rose Reader, a new way of teaching to read (London 1902). He was a member of the Fabian Society, and took an active interest in the founding of Letchworth Garden City. Rose married Elizabeth Ann Gould (b.1862) and had two daughters: the older one, Lucy, died at the age of ten in 1898, and in her memory Rose endowed a scholarship for a Board School Girl, and a research post at the London School of Economics. His younger daughter, Dorothy (b.1889), married Oliver Thornycroft. Rose died on 31 December 1904.

Found in 6 Collections and/or Records:

 Sub-Series

'A Time to Love' by Edward Rose and John Oliver Hobbes [Pearl Mary Teresa Craigie], Undated [c.1885-1904], earliest date approximated from assuming that Hobbes would have been at least 18 when writing.

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add. 10138/1/1/1
Scope and Contents

Consists of 2 sets of the script for 'A Time to Love: An original comedy in three acts'. Each set is comprises 3 booklets, one for each act. Neither set is annotated.
John Oliver Hobbes was the pen-name of Pearl Mary Teresa Craigie.

Dates: Undated [c.1885-1904], earliest date approximated from assuming that Hobbes would have been at least 18 when writing.
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The MS Add.10138 Edward Rose papers are owned by the University of Cambridge and are open for consultation under the normal regulations of the University Library's manuscripts collections; see http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/deptserv/manuscripts/. Please cite as Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives, Edward Rose: Writings and family correspondence, Add. 10138
 Item

Draft letter to E. Bruce from [Edward Rose and Augustus Harris] in Rose’s handwriting, 26 July 1879

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add. 10138/3/54
Scope and Contents

Granting the exclusive right to perform ‘Venus’ (burlesque) in London.

Dates: 26 July 1879
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The MS Add.10138 Edward Rose papers are owned by the University of Cambridge and are open for consultation under the normal regulations of the University Library's manuscripts collections; see http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/deptserv/manuscripts/. Please cite as Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives, Edward Rose: Writings and family correspondence, Add. 10138
 Fonds

Edward Rose: Correspondence and papers

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9526
Scope and Contents The surviving correspondence contains many letters from actors, actresses and theatre managers, about current productions for the London stage, and for tours in the provinces. A few letters mention the production of Rose's plays in the USA. There are letters from hopeful authors offering their novels for dramatization, from people agreeing or declining to lecture to the Playgoers' Club, and from friends wanting theatre tickets. Two owners of stately homes (Lord Barnard and Lord Donington)...
Dates: 1880-1904 (Circa)
Conditions Governing Access: Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).
 Fonds

Edward Rose: writings and family correspondence

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.10138
Scope and Contents MS Add. 10138 contains scripts (draft and later versions) of plays and other writings by Rose, as well as family correspondence covering Rose’s life from childhood until his death. Other writings by Rose include ‘The Rose Reader’ (a book outlining a method to teach children to read), a novel and poetry. Collected souvenir programmes and promotional material relating to 19th century theatre are also included. The correspondence (MS Add.10138/3) has been calendared to provide short summaries...
Dates: c.1852-1915
Conditions Governing Access: The MS Add.10138 Edward Rose papers are owned by the University of Cambridge and are open for consultation under the normal regulations of the University Library's manuscripts collections; see http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/deptserv/manuscripts/. Please cite as Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives, Edward Rose: Writings and family correspondence, Add. 10138
 Sub-Series

‘English Nell’ by Anthony Hope and Edward Rose, founded on the novel ‘Simon Dale’ by Anthony Hope, Undated [c.1897-1900]

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add. 10138/1/1/8
Scope and Contents

Consists of annotated typed scripts for ‘Simon Dale, A Comedy in Four Acts’/’English Nell, A Comedy in Four Acts’ by Anthony Hope and Edward Rose.
‘English Nell’ was first performed at the Prince of Wales theatre in London in August 1900 (running for 176 performances).
The original novel by Anthony Hope (titled ‘Simon Dale’) was published in 1897.

Dates: Undated [c.1897-1900]
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The MS Add.10138 Edward Rose papers are owned by the University of Cambridge and are open for consultation under the normal regulations of the University Library's manuscripts collections; see http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/deptserv/manuscripts/. Please cite as Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives, Edward Rose: Writings and family correspondence, Add. 10138
 Sub-Series

‘Phroso’ adapted by Edward Rose and H. V. Esmond from the novel by Anthony Hope, Undated [c.1897-1900]

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add. 10138/1/1/7
Scope and Contents

Consists of annotated typed scripts for ‘Phroso: a Drama of Adventure in four acts’ adapted from the novel by Anthony Hope, by Edward Rose and H. V. Esmond.
‘Phroso’ was first performed in New York at the Empire Theatre (Dec 1898), and subsequently the Harlem Opera House (Oct 1899) and Grand Opera House (13 Nov 1900).
The original novel by Anthony Hope was published in 1897.

Dates: Undated [c.1897-1900]
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The MS Add.10138 Edward Rose papers are owned by the University of Cambridge and are open for consultation under the normal regulations of the University Library's manuscripts collections; see http://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/deptserv/manuscripts/. Please cite as Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives, Edward Rose: Writings and family correspondence, Add. 10138

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