Forgotten Leading Ladies of the American Theatre: Lives of Eight Female Players, Playwrights, Directors, Managers and Activists of the Eighteenth, Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries

Forgotten Leading Ladies of the American Theatre: Lives of Eight Female Players, Playwrights, Directors, Managers and Activists of the Eighteenth, Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries

by Mary M. Turner
     
 

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These eight women made remarkable contributions: Laura Keene challenged tradition in 1858 by heading her own dramatic troupe; her career was ruined by Lincoln's assassination. Mrs. John Drew, a star at 7 who toured until she was 76, was the matriarch of the Barrymore dynasty. Anna Cora Mowatt eloped at 15 with a lawyer more than twice her age, and went on the

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These eight women made remarkable contributions: Laura Keene challenged tradition in 1858 by heading her own dramatic troupe; her career was ruined by Lincoln's assassination. Mrs. John Drew, a star at 7 who toured until she was 76, was the matriarch of the Barrymore dynasty. Anna Cora Mowatt eloped at 15 with a lawyer more than twice her age, and went on the stage when he lost his fortune. She wrote a play, Fashion, that is still performed 140 years later. Five other women also have fascinating stories of courage and talent: Susanna Haswell Rowson, Sophia Turner, Charlotte Cushman, Fanny Kemble and Minnie Madern Fiske.

Editorial Reviews

WLW Journal
style of the writing here should invite browsers to read further
LSU-ECCB
"Turner has succeeded in accurately investigating the lives of three native born or 'adopted' American actresses and writers whose theatrical work has often been untended by modern scholars.... Well-documented and contains an excellent bibliography. Painstaking detective work is what will make this book appreciated by scholars"
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straightforward...well documented...well told
Booknews
Subtitled, Lives of eight female players, directors, managers and activists of the eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The ladies include Laura Keene, who challenged tradition in 1958 by heading her own dramatic troupe (her career was ruined by Lincoln's assassination); Mrs. John Drew, a star at seven who toured until she was 76; Anna Cora Mowatt who eloped at 15 and went on the stage when her husband lost his fortune (she wrote a play, Fashion, that's still performed 140 years later). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786493739
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
01/27/2014
Pages:
182
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Mary M. Turner is a former associate professor and technical design coordinator at Point Park University. A costume designer for more than 300 theatrical productions, she is also the founding executive director of the Smyrna Opera House. She lives in Smyrna, Delaware.

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