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Eleanora Duse

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  14 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
Hard Cover, 400 pages
Published February 4th 2009 by Alfred A. Knopf (first published 2003)
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Sep 07, 2008 K. rated it 1 of 5 stars
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
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
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.
This book moved me deeply. It was a balm when I read it.
Interesting if you like biographies, and stage actresses.
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