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Sarah: The Life of Sarah Bernhardt

Robert Gottlieb.
Publisher Yale  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 6 x 0.8 inches
ISBN 9780300141276
Pages/Publication Date 233/2010
Daedalus Item Code 42104
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Everything about Sarah Bernhardt is fascinating, from her obscure birth to her enduring fame as an actress who redefined the nature of her art—and particularly her highly public romantic life and her indomitable spirit. Well into her seventies, after the amputation of her leg, she was performing under bombardment for soldiers during World War I, as well as crisscrossing America on her ninth tour of the country. Robert Gottlieb, at various times the editor-in-chief of Simon & Schuster, Alfred A. Knopf, and The New Yorker, gives us a brilliant, humane portrait of an iconic figure.

"Robert Gottlieb is true to the mystery of his subject's self-invented life. He also does what few biographers of famous women seem able or willing to do: He focuses on her work.... Vintage Gottlieb, full of humor and refreshingly free of hagiography."—LATimes

"Gottlieb, author of George Balanchine: The Ballet Maker, launches Yale's Jewish Lives series with a digestible account of the life and times of the 'Divine Sarah.'... He grounds each scenario in whatever historical evidence or plausible data does exist, allowing readers to draw their own educated conclusions. Where this biography truly shines, however, is in the mini-portraits of the people who played significant roles in Sarah's saga; family, friends, colleagues, rivals, admirers, detractors, and lovers are vividly brought to life. The result: one of the greatest actresses of all time stars in the story of her life, surrounded by an extraordinary cast of supporting characters."—Booklist

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