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Fanny Kemble: A Reluctant Celebrity: Book by Rebecca Jenkins

Fanny Kemble: A Reluctant Celebrity

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ISBN: 9780743403993    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Year of publishing: 2006     Format:  Paperback No of Pages: 512        Language: English
Born into a theatrical dynasty, Fanny Kemble lacked the rest of her family's desire to perform. But when their theatre at Covent Garden was threatened with closure in 1829, Fanny reluctantly volunteered...Read more
Born into a theatrical dynasty, Fanny Kemble lacked the rest of her family's desire to perform. But when their theatre at Covent Garden was threatened with closure in 1829, Fanny reluctantly volunteered to take to the stage. The young actress's debut was a huge success and her life as a nineteenth-century celebrity had begun. Soon Fanny found herself a slave to the stage, paraded around the country by her avaricious father. On a tour of the US she saw a chance to escape in the form of the charming Pierce Butler. However, in marrying him, Fanny had merely cast aside one set of chains for another: Pierce would not tolerate her independence. Even more horrifyingly, the Butlers were slave-owners. In protest, she set about writing the book that made her the scandal of American society, JOURNAL OF A RESIDENCE ON A GEORGIAN PLANTATION, and her marriage collapsed in the midst of Civil War. Fanny had once again found herself in the cold glare of the public eye. Intimate and engrossing, Rebecca Jenkins' biography brings one of the nineteenth century's most interesting figures back to life.
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About the author: Rebecca Jenkins
Rebecca Jenkins was born in Oxford and spent her childhood in England and Switzerland. After studying History at Somerville College, Oxford, she took up journalism... Read more
Rebecca Jenkins was born in Oxford and spent her childhood in England and Switzerland. After studying History at Somerville College, Oxford, she took up journalism and now freelances. She has previously written a historical detective novel, THE DUKE'S AGENT, based in Regency England, and is the co-writer of FREE TO BELIEVE. This is her first biography.
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Review:
A vivid picture of a clever, vital, snobbish, and self-obsessed woman...Fanny Kemble poignantly catches its subject's complex desire, typical of so many strong Victorian women, to conform and...Read more
A vivid picture of a clever, vital, snobbish, and self-obsessed woman...Fanny Kemble poignantly catches its subject's complex desire, typical of so many strong Victorian women, to conform and rebel." --"The Times Literary Supplement
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