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A strange eventful history : the dramatic lives of Ellen Terry, Henry Irving and their remarkable families / Michael Holroyd
Bib ID 4691382
Format BookBook
Author
Holroyd, Michael
 
Edition 1st American ed. 
Description New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009 
xviii, 620 p., [24] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm. 
ISBN 9780374270803
0374270805
Summary

"Michael Holroyd is widely recognized as one of our greatest literary biographers. Now he turns his keen observation and humane insight on an ensemble cast, a remarkable dynasty that presided over the golden age of theater. Ellen Terry was an ethereal beauty married to a pre-Raphaelite painter who made her the face of the age. George Bernard Shaw was so besotted by her gifts that he could not bear to meet her in case the spell she cast from the stage was broken. Henry Irving was an ambitious, harsh-voiced clerk who would become one of the greatest actor-managers in the history of the theater. Together they created a cathedral of the arts in London's Lyceum Theatre, reinventing Shakespeare for a new century. Celebrities whose scandalous private lives commanded global attention, they took America by storm in wildly popular national tours. Their brilliant, troubled children would fight to escape the shadow of their parents' fame.

Bursting with charismatic life, A Strange Eventful History is an incisive portrait of two families who defied the strictures of their time. It will be swiftly recognized as a classic."--BOOK JACKET.

Notes

First published: London : Chatto & Windus, 2008.

Includes bibliographical references (585-590) and index.

Subjects Terry, Ellen Dame, 1847-1928.  |  Irving, Henry Sir, 1838-1905.  |  Actresses -- Great Britain -- Biography.  |  Actors -- Great Britain -- Biography.  |  Theatrical managers -- Great Britain -- Biography.

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