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SINGER, MAXIMILIAN – Austrian botanist, zoologist, and author; born at Leipnik Feb. 6, 1857 (Ph.D. Vienna, 1883). He made a specialty of botany and zoology and published a number of articles on these subjects in the "Wiener Landwirthschaftliche...
SONNENTHAL, ADOLF RITTER VON – Austrian actor; born at Budapest Dec. 21, 1834. He was the son of humble parents, and spent his boyhood as a tailor's apprentice, working at his trade until his sixteenth year, when he went to Vienna to better his condition. On...
STERN, VICTOR – Austrian dramatist; born at Vienna May 5, 1837. After a brief experience in commercial life he turned to literature, receiving in his new vocation the encouragement of Friedrich Hebbel (1861), under whose auspices he did some of...
STRAKOSCH, ALEXANDER – Hungarian actor and dramatic teacher; born at Sebes, near Eperies, Hungary, Dec. 3, 1845. After a brief trial of commercial life he went on the stage at Reichenberg (Sept., 1863). Subsequently he danced, sang, and acted at...
TEWELES, HEINRICH – Austrian dramatist; born at Prague Nov. 13, 1856. He made his début in 1881 with a drama entitled "Die Schauspielerin." His other works are: "Kampf um die Sprache," 1884; "Die Armen," novel, 1885; "Presse und Staat," 1886;...
THOMAS, EMILE (EMIL TOBIAS) – German actor; born at Berlin Nov. 24, 1836. Thomas has had a most varied career. He made his début in 1852 with the company of Pitterlin, which traversed the Erzgebirge, Saxony. The plays were ultrasensational—"Der Wahnsinnige,"...
TRIESCH, FRIEDRICH GUSTAV – Austrian dramatist; born at Vienna June 16, 1845. Triesch studied sculpture for a time at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Vienna, but soon turned to literature. Lack of means forced him to follow mercantile pursuits for a...
VALABRÈGUE, ALBIN – French dramatist; born at Carpentras, Vaucluse, Dec. 17, 1853. He is one of the most prolific of modern French dramatists, producing about two plays a year and in addition acting as dramatic critic of the Paris "L'Illustration."...
WORMS, GUSTAVE-HIPPOLYTE – French actor; born in Paris March 21, 1837. He was graduated from the Conservatoire in 1857, winning the first prize for tragedy and the second for comedy. Soon afterward he was engaged at the Théâtre Français, where he made his...