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Cora Urquhart Potter : the Victorian actress as provocateur

Author: Craig Clinton
Publisher: Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This critical biography explores the life of the famed Victorian stage star who, abandoning her position in New York society, undertook a professional career spanning more than two decades. Potter's defiance of convention both mirrored and propelled the changes transforming fin de siecle theatre and society. In advancing the concept of the New Woman, both on and off stage, she became a lightning rod for criticism  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Clinton, Craig.
Cora Urquhart Potter.
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., ©2010
(OCoLC)760254215
Named Person: Cora Urquhart Potter; Cora Urquhart Potter
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Craig Clinton
ISBN: 9780786449576 0786449578
OCLC Number: 560556609
Description: ix, 251 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction : the Victorian actress as provocateur --
"A keen student of American foibles" --
"Jumboizing" the "fair amateur" --
"Rival graces" : Mrs. Potter and Mr. Bellew in America --
Antony and Cleopatra : "a perilous public experiment" --
The Antipodes : "a large dose of success" --
Thérèse Raquin and Francillon : "immoral and filthy plays" --
Charlotte Corday : "America has brought forth another great actress" --
"A pageant of millinery" and "a decadent Juliet" --
Miladi in The musketeers : "a truly great performance" --
Carnac sahib : "a large section of the audience resented the piece" --
The ghetto, Lady Meux and a "mystic farce" --
Ulysses : "a strike for independence" --
Actress/manager at the Savoy --
"Irreverent laughter" and "a ridiculous perversion of history" --
Restoration of the "independent spirit" --
"Her own original" vaudeville offering --
"Fifi Stillman's mother dies at Monte Carlo."
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"This critical biography explores the life of the famed Victorian stage star who, abandoning her position in New York society, undertook a professional career spanning more than two decades. Potter's defiance of convention both mirrored and propelled the changes transforming fin de siecle theatre and society. In advancing the concept of the New Woman, both on and off stage, she became a lightning rod for criticism within a social milieu and a profession still fervidly clinging to Victorian ideals."--Provided by author.

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