Tragic Muse: Rachael of the Comedie-Francaise

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Rachel Felix (1821-58), the homely daughter of poor Jewish peddlers, was the first stage actress to achieve international stardom - and the last person one would have expected to resurrect the cultural patrimony of France. Yet her passionate, startling performances of the works of Racine and Corneille saved them from almost certain obsolescence after the fall of Napoleon (who had relished classical French tragedy) and the emergence of Romanticism. Audiences in Paris, London, Boston, and Moscow thrilled to her ...
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Rachel Felix (1821-58), the homely daughter of poor Jewish peddlers, was the first stage actress to achieve international stardom - and the last person one would have expected to resurrect the cultural patrimony of France. Yet her passionate, startling performances of the works of Racine and Corneille saved them from almost certain obsolescence after the fall of Napoleon (who had relished classical French tragedy) and the emergence of Romanticism. Audiences in Paris, London, Boston, and Moscow thrilled to her voice, and devoured the rumors of her offstage promiscuity and extravagance. Her fame - equal parts popularity and notoriety - was so great that she could nonchalantly dispose of her last name. La grande Rachel virtually invented the role of the superstar, while remaining a symbol of the highest art and most serious cultural pursuits. Indeed, her identity was fraught with such contradictions - which intrigued the public all the more. From the moment she was discovered playing the guitar on the streets of Lyons, to her debut on the Parisian stage at the age of fifteen, to her critical and commercial triumphs as Camille, Phedre, and other tormented women, Rachel's career was exhaustively "managed." A series of theater gurus, influential reviewers, and impresarios - including her brash and opportunistic father - claimed the credit for her astonishing success. What this abundance of male managers has always obscured is Rachel's own decisiveness and control over her time and money - not only did she play her various champions (and high-profile lovers) against one another, she openly defied them. Some called her stubborn, even perverse; in these pages, we come to recognize her as a woman ahead of her time, a charismatic individual very much in charge of her own destiny. As her fascination with all things Napoleonic suggests, Rachel liked power - both personal and professional - and had the talent to command it. This remarkable biography (Rachel Brownstein's firs
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Regarding her subject as a ``cultural construct,'' Brownstein ( Becoming a Heroine ) inquires into the life of Rachel (nee Elisa Felix), the legendary 19th-century French actress (1821-1858), in a book that is less a biography than a scholarly study of the image Rachel presented to the world as the leading tragedienne of the French stage for more than 20 years. Brownstein examines the paradox of the uneducated daughter of Jewish peddlers reviving classical tragedy and performing the works of Corneille and Racine to great critical acclaim in a climate of virulent anti-Semitism. Audiences who thrilled to Rachel's performances also referred to her as money-grubbing and ignorant. Presenting Rachel through the eyes of fans, critics and novelists such as Henry James, Brownstein analyzes the phenomenon of stardom and describes how Rachel used her fame and fortune to enrich her life and rescue her family from poverty. Her long illness and early death from tuberculosis enhanced her reputation as the ``tragic muse.'' Illustrations not seen by PW. (May)
Library Journal
Before Sarah Bernhardt, the French stage was illuminated in the mid-19th century by the actress known only as Rachel. Not beautiful, the daughter of a poor Jewish peddler, Rachel was alternately idolized and castigated by the fickle public. Her early death from tuberculosis served to further her legend as the great tragedienne and the ultimate celebrity of her time. In addition to the spate of biographies that followed her death in 1858 (and continued well into the 20th century), such writers as Charlotte Bronte and Henry James immortalized her in their novels. In this thoroughly researched and scholarly examination, Brownstein does not so much try to discover the true Rachel as to examine the myths involved in creating ``La Grande Rachel.'' This will be a useful addition to serious theater collections.-- Marcia L. Perry, Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield, Mass.
Margaret Flanagan
Brownstein provides an insightful biography of Rachel, high priestess of French drama from the late 1830s until her death in 1858. The daughter of itinerant Jewish peddlers, Rachel rose from relative poverty and obscurity to become the reigning queen of the legendary Comedie Francaise. Due to her remarkable brand of raw talent and her enormous popular appeal, she is credited with almost singlehandedly reviving the moribund genre of classical tragedy. Though her roles were traditional, both her theatrical interpretations and her life-style choices were often wildly romantic. As an accomplished artist and a complex individual she embraced a number of seemingly irreconcilable contradictions, which considerably enhanced her professional and personal magnetism. Rachel's stunning success as one of the first legitimate stars of the stage serves as a striking illustration of the fractured nature of popular culture in nineteenth-century France.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780394574516
  • Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/27/1993
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 318

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Ch. 1 Tragedy 3
Ch. 2 Stars 36
Ch. 4 Origins 72
Ch. 4 Playing Rachel 108
Young Princess 109
Fortunate Fall 136
Fatal Woman 160
Statue 172
Symbolic Moves 183
Stage Empress 197
Ch. 5 Afterlives 218
A Woman and an Artist: Vashti 221
Separateness and Connections 234
Tragicomic Muse 246
Notes 263
Index 307
Illustrations 319
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