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George Vandenhoff

New York

George Vandenhoff was born on February 1820 in England. He is remembered today as an actor. He first appeared on the stage in " Rule a Wife and Have a Wife" at the Covent Garden Theatre, in London, on October 14, 1839. In 1842 he came to the United States, where he appeared in various New York productions. After retiring as an actor in, he studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1858. It is not clear, from the resources we have been privy, as to the extent of his legal practice. [Source: American Authors 1600-1900 (H.W. Wilson Co., 1938); Appleton's Encyclopedia] [American Authors 1600-1900 places Vandenhoff's birthdate as 1813.]


George Vandenhoff, Common Sense: A Dash at Doings of the Day (Boston: Ticknor, 1858) [online text]

_______________, Life: or, Men, Manners Modes, and Measures (New York: Printed for the author by H.S. Taylor, 1861)


George Vandenhoff, Editor;The Clay Code: or, Text-Book of Eloquence (New York: C. Shepard, 1844)

_______________, A Plain System of Elocution (New York: C. Shepard, 2nd ed. 1845)

_______________, Dramatic Reminiscences, or Actors and Actresses in England and America (London, 1859)

_______________, Leaves from an Actor's NoteBook, with Reminiscences and Chit-Chat of the Greenroom and the Stage in England and America (New York: D. Appleton and Co., 1860) [online text]

_______________, The Clerical Assistant, or Elocutionary Guide (London, 1862) [online text]

_______________, A Lady's Reader, with Rules for Reading Aloud (London, 1862) [online text]

_______________, The Art of Elocution as an Essential Part of Rhetoric: with instructions in gesture and an appendix of oratorical, poetical, and dramatic extracts (London: S. Low, 1867) [online text]

_______________, The Art of Reading Aloud in pulpit, lecture room or private reunions with a perfect system of economy ... voice (London: Sampson Low, Marston Searle & Rivington, 1878) [online text]