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BETHEL MERRIDAY Sinclair Lewis 'Until the nineteenth century, actors were classed as Rogues & Vagrants. They were outside of respectable society--like Kings--and I am not sure but that this was better for their art and their happiness than to be classed as lecturers, tax-payers, tennis-players, suburban householders, and lovers of dogs.' ARTHUR KULOSAS NOTICE No character in this novel is the portrait of an actual person, and if there is any resemblance to the name of a real person, it is accidental. Such notices as this have become increasingly familiar because of an increasing habit among readers of finding themselves portrayed in every novel, and of being annoyed or unduly pleased. It is particularly necessary in this book because in recent years I have been acquainted with six summer theatres and with a touring play. I declare vigorously that the Nutmeg Players of Point Grampion, in my tale, are not drawn from...