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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Blainey, Ann, 1935-
Fanny & Adelaide.
Chicago : I.R. Dee, 2001
|Named Person:||Fanny Kemble; Adelaide Kemble; Fanny Kemble; Adelaide Kemble Sartoris|
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|Description:||x, 339 p.,  p. of plates : ill. ; 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 --
Leighton's Madonna --
A Fierce and Furious Conflict --
"Like the End of Some Reign".
|Other Titles:||Fanny and Adelaide|
"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."--BOOK JACKET.