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Eleanora Duse

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  19 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
A new biography, the first in two decades, of the legendary actress who inspired Anton Chekhov, popularized Henrik Ibsen, and spurred Stanislavski to create a new theory of acting based on her art and to invoke her name at every rehearsal.

Writers loved her and wrote plays for her. She be-friended Rainer Maria Rilke and inspired the young James Joyce, who kept a portrait of
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Hard Cover, 400 pages
Published February 4th 2009 by Alfred A. Knopf (first published 2003)
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K.
Sep 07, 2008 K. rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: memoir-biography
Badly written to the point of being drivel. Duse is very important to me (I once spent a year and a half of my life writing a play about her), and I was surprised to see this newish biography and hoped it might have insights to offer. No. Apparently this Sheehy woman grinds things out to a formula, mostly for young adults. I'm shocked to discover that it is possible to write an uninspired and uninspiring biography of such a brilliant and inspiring woman. If you want to know about Duse, skip this ...more
Izzy
Jul 23, 2012 Izzy rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Actors
This book starts with a lot of interesting and fascinating detail, but eventually descends into a mediocre list of information flung together. The author's attempt to package information or themes creates a very confusing chronological story when the dates skip around. But overall, I think the book is successful, as it gives a full sense of Duse and what she achieved in her art and life, in addition to what she sacrificed.
Lisa Van Oosterum
Jan 20, 2011 Lisa Van Oosterum rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography
I truly did love this book, but as with many biographies about amazing people, it is tough to tell if i loved the book or Eleonora Duse.
Kristine
Mar 06, 2007 Kristine rated it liked it
Shelves: biographies
Interesting if you like biographies, and stage actresses.
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This book moved me deeply. It was a balm when I read it.
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