Biography covering 83 years of Fanny Kemble's life. Though reared in a theatrical atmosphere, it was only her father's failure with Covent Garden that precipitated her going on the stage. Her first role was Juliet, at seventeen; at nineteen she was the toast of England, repeated her success in America, and then married disastrously, Pierce Butler, vacillating, unfaithful slave owner. Her divorce -- her fame as a Shakespearean reader and the sensation caused by her writings kept her a storm center for years. Interesting material -- theatre in England and America in the 1830's and '40's -- the slave question and the Civil War, and so on. Varied in interests and good reading.