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A Spectacle of Suffering: Clara Morris on the American Stage (Theater in the Americas)
A Spectacle of Suffering: Clara Morris on the American Stage (Theater in the Americas) Barbara Wallace Grossman 0809328828 9780809328826 Once called Americas greatest actress, renowned for the passion and power of her performances
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A Spectacle of Suffering: Clara Morris on the American Stage (Theater in the Americas) by Barbara Wallace Grossman

Once called Americas greatest actress, renowned for the passion and power of her performances, Clara Morris (1847-1925) has been largely forgotten.A Spectacle of Suffering: Clara Morris on the American Stageis the first full-length study of the actresss importance as a feminist in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Detailing her daunting health problems and the changing tastes in entertainment that led to her retirement from the stage, Barbara Wallace Grossman explores Morriss dramatic reinvention as an author. During a second robust career, she published hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles and nine bookssix works of fiction and three memoirs. Grossman draws on the fifty-four-volume diary that Morris kept from 1868 until 1924, as well as on the manuscript fragments and notes of journalist George T. MacAdam, who died in 1929 before completing the actresss biography. Grossman provides a dramatic account of Morriss life and work from her troubled early years, through an unhappy marriage, morphine addiction, and invalidism, to the challenges of touring, the decline of her artistic reputation, and the demands of the writing career she pursued so tenaciously.A Spectacle of Sufferingreveals how Morris, even after experiencing blindness and the loss of her home, livelihood, and family, did not succumb to despair and found comfort in the small pleasures of her circumscribed life. A Spectacle of Sufferingrecovers an important figure in American theatre and ensures that Morris will be remembered not simply as an actress but as a respected writer and beloved public figure, admired for her courage in dealing with adversity. The book, which is enhanced by twenty-four illustrations, is the only published biography of Clara Morris. It is as much a tribute to the power of the human spirit as it is an effective means of exploring American theatre and society in the Gilded Age. nbsp; nbsp

Author: Barbara Wallace Grossman

Language: English

Edition: Second Edition, 1st Edition

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 344

Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press

Publication Date: 2009-02-13

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