Poetess, novelist, dramatist, and lecturer, Miss Laurence Alma-tadema, the eldest daughter of the famous Royal Academician, has achieved considerable distinction both in this country and America; for in 1907-8 she gave a series of readings in the States on the "Meaning of Happiness," which proved exceedingly popular. Miss Alma-tadema has established close to her beautiful old English home, The Fair Haven, Wittersham, Kent, what she has termed the Hall of Happy Hours - a building which will seat a hundred people, which is used for music and plays, for the recreation of the villagers, and where their children may learn useful handicrafts. Miss Alma-tadema, who published her first story when she was still in her teens, has written several novels, four plays, and a number of poems. Some of her dramas have been produced in Germany with signal success, and amongst her intimate friends are Eleonora Duse and Maeterlinck. Her sister, Miss Anne Alma-tadema, is a clever artist.
" A Merciful Soul," one of Miss Alma-tadema's beautiful plays, full of meaning and instinct with the soul of true poetry, received an honour not commonly accorded to modern English drama, for it was produced at Antwerp, having been previously translated by the well-known litterateur, Frans Gittens.
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