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Playing to the gods : Sarah Bernhardt, Eleonora Duse, and the rivalry that changed acting forever

Author: Peter Rader
Publisher: New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First Simon & Schuster hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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Traces the infamous rivalry between two renowned nineteenth-century actresses, sharing insights into their personalities, ambitions, and relationships with each others' lovers.
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Genre/Form: History
Biographies
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Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Rader, Peter, author.
Playing to the gods
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2018
(DLC) 2018036669
Named Person: Sarah Bernhardt; Eleonora Duse; Sarah Bernhardt; Eleonora Duse
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Rader
ISBN: 9781476738376 1476738378
OCLC Number: 1006810622
Description: 277 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Sarah Bernhardt --
Eleonora Duse.
Responsibility: Peter Rader.

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