Three Tragic Actresses: Siddons, Rachel, Ristori

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This innovative book examines the careers of three performers whose professional lives together spanned the period from the late eighteenth to the late nineteenth centuries, from the heyday of neoclassicism to the coming of realism. While the individual essays concentrate on the specific work of each actress, a wide-ranging introduction relates their collective achievement to social and cultural change. Vivid reconstructions of their interpretations and unique accounts of theatrical conditions place the art of ...

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Overview

This innovative book examines the careers of three performers whose professional lives together spanned the period from the late eighteenth to the late nineteenth centuries, from the heyday of neoclassicism to the coming of realism. While the individual essays concentrate on the specific work of each actress, a wide-ranging introduction relates their collective achievement to social and cultural change. Vivid reconstructions of their interpretations and unique accounts of theatrical conditions place the art of three very different but pivotal figures in context.

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"...this study offers sensitive explications of the acting of each, accomplished with authority and clarity." D.B. Wilmeth, Choice

"Each essay provides a brief scholarly and informative treatment of its subject, with somewhat different emphases." University of Toronto Quarterly

"...the detailed and scholarly individual essays make this book a valuable resource." Anne Russell, Comparative Drama

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521035552
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/5/2007
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Sarah Siddons Michael R. Booth; Rachel Felix John Stokes; Adelaide Ristori Susan Bassnett; Notes; Select bibliography; Index.

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