Bessie Taylor had some of her “Press Opinions” printed into a booklet. The following, all from the same period, are undated, but early 1900s and show her as someone much appreciated by the critics at the time.
The Steinway Hall, mentioned in many of these reviews, opened in 1875 in London and was the first Steinway Hall in Europe.
Miss Ransom Taylor gave her first dramatic recital at Steinway Hall last evening, and created from the outset a distinctly favourable impression. An audience is on these occasions naturally not indisposed to somewhat relax the severity of its judgment, but it may be said at once that there was no room for the display of generosity, for the débutante exhibited from the outset an unusual degree of accomplishment. She possesses a pleasing voice and a distinct dramatic gift, and these were exercised in a series of selections sufficiently wide to constitute a fair test of capacity. In the earlier portion of the programme Miss Ransom Taylor gave Tennyson’s “Dora” and a scene from the “Merchant of Venice.” The latter recital gained a recognition which compelled the artist to re-appear. In the second half of the entertainment the choice was still more varied, and the appreciation not less marked.
Miss Ransom Taylor, who made her début as a reciter on Wednesday at Steinway Hall, is a young lady possessing admirable qualities for the rôle she has chosen. A retentive memory, distinct enunciation, and natural dramatic instinct point to an ultimate high standard, for at present she is very young. The poems selected were Tennyson’s “Dora,” “The Spinster’s Sweet’arts,” and a scene from “The Merchant of Venice,” all of which called forth the applause of a large audience.
To the not very lengthy list of competent lady reciters must be added the name of Miss Ransom Taylor, who, appearing at Steinway Hall last evening had no difficulty in winning the good opinion of her audience. Miss Ransom Taylor has an agreeable voice, of sympathetic timbre, and her enunciation is particularly clear and distinct. Her able delivery of “The Ballad of Splendid Silence,” impressive and full of feeling, brought her many compliments, and she also recited in attractive style a charming piece from an American source entitled “Angel’s Toys.” With the humorous recitations in her programme Miss Ransom Taylor was also quite successful, and in the well-known scenes from “The Hunchback” this resourceful lady played the part of Helen with just the requisite light touch.
Miss Ransom Taylor at Steinway Hall gave some successful recitations, mostly of poems, and took part with Mr Arthur Wellesley in the usual scenes from “The Hunchback”, given in costume. Her voice is of good quality and quite unaffected; she has been so well trained that everything she says sounds quite natural.
At Steinway Hall on Wednesday night, in the presence of a large audience, Miss Ransom Taylor gave a most successful dramatic recital. Miss Taylor proved a most able reciter, bringing to her task clear enunciation with good dramatic action, being equally at home in comedy and tragedy. The first recitations were in a lighter vein, and consisted of a charming little work by Weatherley, with the title “Ever So Far Away,” “The Mission of a Rose” by Clifton Bingham, and a quaint idea, entitled “Angel’s Toys.” Miss Taylor also gave a most impressive delivery of Nesbit’s “The Ballad of Splendid Silence” and in scenes from “The Hunghback” (in costume) her acting of Helen had quite the right comedy touch. Other most able examples of Miss Taylor’s ability were in Kipling’s “My Rival,” and an amusing one by Burnley caled “A Fig for Proverbs,” and “A Pin,” by Ella Wheeler. She also recited “Women’s Rights,” and “The Quarrel of the Rooks.”