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A strange eventful history : The dramatic lives of Ellen Terry, Henry Irving and their remarkable families, Michael Holroyd

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A strange eventful history : The dramatic lives of Ellen Terry, Henry Irving and their remarkable families
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A strange eventful history
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The dramatic lives of Ellen Terry, Henry Irving and their remarkable families
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Michael Holroyd
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Language
eng
Summary
Ellen Terry was a natural actress who filled the theatre with a magical radiance. "The Times" called her the 'uncrowned queen of England' but behind her public success lay a darker story. The child-bride of G. F. Watts, she eloped with a friend of Oscar Wilde at 21 and gave birth to 2 illegitimate children. But her greatest partnership was on-stage, with legendary actor-manager and tragedian Henry Irving. At the Lyceum Theatre in London, the two of them created a grand Cathedral of the Arts.Their intimately-involved lives exceeded in plot the Shakespearean dramas they performed on stage - and indeed were curiously affected by them. They also influenced the life and work of their remarkable children, Ellen's children in particular. Edy Craig, who founded a feminist theatre group, The Pioneer Players, established a lesbian community whose complex love-affairs make those of the Bloomsbury Group appear quite conventional. Her brother, Edward Gordon Craig, the revolutionary stage designer who collaborated with Stanislavski on a spectacular production of "Hamlet" in Moscow, is revealed by this book to be the forgotten man of modernism. He had 13 children by 8 women (including the famous American dancer Isadora Duncan) - perhaps the most extraordinary man Michael Holroyd has ever written about
Awards note
Shortlisted for Sheridan Morley Prize for Best Theatre Biography 2009.
Biography type
individual biography
Biographical or historical data
Besides the Lives of Augustus John, Bernard Shaw and Lytton Strachey (which was filmed as Carrington), Michael Holroyd has written two volumes of memoirs, Basil Street Blues and Mosaic. He is the current president of the Royal Society of Literature and the only non-fiction writer to have been awarded the British Literature Prize. He lives in London and Somerset with his wife, the novelist Margaret Drabble.
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Holroyd, Michael
Dewey number
792.028
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illustrations
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no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Terry, Ellen
  • Irving, Henry
  • Terry, Ellen, Dame
  • Actresses
  • Actors
  • Theater
  • Biography: general
  • Biography
  • Biography: general
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general
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A strange eventful history : The dramatic lives of Ellen Terry, Henry Irving and their remarkable families, Michael Holroyd
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Hardback
Control code
9780701179878
Dimensions
24x16x4 cm.
Extent
640 p.
Isbn
9780701179878
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Other physical details
ill.
Specific material designation
regular print
Label
A strange eventful history : The dramatic lives of Ellen Terry, Henry Irving and their remarkable families, Michael Holroyd
Publication
Note
Hardback
Control code
9780701179878
Dimensions
24x16x4 cm.
Extent
640 p.
Isbn
9780701179878
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Other physical details
ill.
Specific material designation
regular print

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