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Fair Ophelia A Life of Harriet Smithson Berlioz

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ISBN-10: 0521545803

ISBN-13: 9780521545808

Edition: 2003

Authors: Peter Raby

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This book presents a complete account of the remarkable life and career of Harriet Smithson Berlioz. Peter Raby's success in this book is to bring fully and sympathetically to life the vulnerable woman and the working actress who is so generally submerged beneath the myth that was created about her. At the same time he provides a continually fascinating commentary on the theatrical and cultural history of her time: on touring troupes in Ireland; on the late Georgian theatre in London; on the different acting styles and traditions in England and France; on the economics of the theatre and the composition of the audiences; on the intellectual background to Shakespeare's belated acceptance in…    
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List price: $34.99
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/11/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

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List of illustrations
Childhood in Ireland
Years of apprenticeship
The walking lady
Shakespeare in France
'Fair Ophelia'
'La Belle Irlandaise'
The idTe fixe
Episodes in the life of an artist
Berlioz's muse
The tragic dTnouement
Romantic image