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Fanny & Adelaide : the lives of the remarkable Kemble sisters

Author: Ann Blainey
Publisher: Chicago : I.R. Dee, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In European Civilization in the Last two centuries, it would be difficult to find two sisters who achieved greater success across the arts and professions than Fanny and Adelaide Kemble, the subjects of Ann Blainey's engrossing twin biography."
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Blainey, Ann, 1935-
Fanny & Adelaide.
Chicago : I.R. Dee, 2001
(OCoLC)606509626
Named Person: Fanny Kemble; Adelaide Kemble; Adelaide Kemble; Fanny Kemble; Fanny Kemble; Adelaide Kemble Sartoris
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ann Blainey
ISBN: 1566633729 9781566633727
OCLC Number: 45136618
Description: x, 339 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: God Almighty's Nobility --
The Little Devil of a Kemble --
"Heaven Smiles on You, My Child" --
"Everything Is Winter" --
A Genteel Slave-owner --
An Enchanted Bohemian Castle --
The Girl in the Black Cassock Dress --
Triumph in Italy --
"Like a Boiling Spring" --
"Ever Your Own Wife" --
A Homegrown Prima Donna --
"Submit Your Will to Mine" --
Caught in a Trap --
Land of Consolation --
Thunderclouds --
Leighton's Madonna --
A Fierce and Furious Conflict --
Ghosts --
"Like the End of Some Reign."
Other Titles: Fanny and Adelaide
Responsibility: Ann Blainey.

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"In European Civilization in the Last two centuries, it would be difficult to find two sisters who achieved greater success across the arts and professions than Fanny and Adelaide Kemble, the subjects of Ann Blainey's engrossing twin biography."

"Born in 1809 to a celebrated theatrical family in England, Fanny was the most famous English-speaking actress of her day before she left the stage to marry the Philadelphia slave-owner Pierce Butler. For more than sixty years she was seldom out of the public eye - acting in plays, writing books (her classic assessment of slavery during her stay on a Georgia plantation is still in print), reading Shakespeare in front of large audiences, and fighting for the abolition of the slave system. Her searing intellect and indomitable personality made people love her or hate her; no one could ignore her."

"Fanny's sister Adelaide, five years her junior, ranks among the finest of English-born opera singers. Making her debut in Venice in the exacting role of Norma - and singing nothing but a leading role thereafter - she won acclaim across Italy and at two brilliant seasons at London's Covent Garden before marrying the rich Edward Sartoris. The real love of her life, however, was Count Francis Thun, son of one of the great families of the Austrian Empire. Her love for Francis hovered over her marriage like a cloud."

"Fanny never quite forgave Adelaide her success. As Fanny's own marriage disintegrated, her jealousy surged, and her biased appraisals of her sister's singing have unfairly tarnished Adelaide's opera reputation. In many ways, however, as Ms. Blainey shows, the sisters loved each other fiercely. Their complex and fascinating relationship is one of the major themes of this grand biography, based on extensive research and exclusive access to hundreds of family letters."--Jacket.

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