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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 156 [newspaper clipping], February 1857

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Identifier: DX03738617

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 8, page 156 [newspaper clipping], February 1857

Description: Newspaper clipping regarding the life and death of William Levison.


DEATH OF A LITERARY CELEBRITY.—William H. Levison died early yesterday morning, at his residence, 132 Bleecker street. Mr. Levison was born in the State of New Jersey, and early adopted the stage as a profession, but an affection of the spine compelled him to relinquish it when he was already recognized as one of our leading comedians He then devoted himself to literature, and his "Julius Caesar Hannibal Lectures" became almost as well known in Europe as through the length and breadth of the States. He was one of the originators of Negro entertainments, and his verdict was always received as final by other darkey professors. Some years since he became the proprieter of the New York Picayune, the most successful of American comic papers. It can be said of him that he never made his wit the vehicle, in one single instance of any thought which could bring a blush on the cheek of innocence, and his "Sermons" contain a wholesome and humorous philosophy, clothed on racy and genial humor. His heart and hand were ever open to the young aspirant for literary honors, and many an eye will be moist on hearing the sad news of his death. About a fortnight since Mr Levison lost an only child [Ellen Levison], a young girl of ten years of age. This produced such an effect upon him that he did not leave his house afterwards. The illness which carried him off was Bright’s disease of the kidneys, accelerated by grief. He was only thirty four years of age, and leaves a young widow [Mary Levison] to mourn his early and unexpected death.

[handwritten by Gunn] Written by [Frederick] Edge.

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1857-02

Type(s): Clipping, Newspaper

Maker/Creator: Edge, Frederick

Subjects: Actors
Publishers and publishing


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