FOOTLIGHTS TO FAME: The Life of Fanny Kemble by Laura Kerr

FOOTLIGHTS TO FAME: The Life of Fanny Kemble

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A far cry from Julie with Wings is this biography of the dazzling young British actress who after a brilliant start of a career, became the wife of an American slave owner and devoted much of her later life to the cause of the slaves. This is a family picture rather than a career biography. She was devoted to her family- her two daughters- her grandson (known to American readers of several generations as Owen Wister, author of The Virginian). But perhaps the most interesting part of the book is the early story, a life rich with literary as well as theatrical contacts. One could wish the style were less exclamatory. The material itself has ample drama.

Pub Date: Sept. 28th, 1962
Publisher: Funk & Wagnalls