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Shadow Woman: The Extraordinary Career of Pauline Benton

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Kansas-born Pauline Benton (1898-1974) was encouraged by her father, one of America's earliest feminist male educators, to reach for the stars. Instead, she reached for shadows. In 1920s Beijing, she discovered shadow theatre (piyingxi), a performance art where translucent painted puppets are manipulated by highly trained masters to cast coloured shadows against an illumin ...more
Hardcover, 232 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by McGill-Queen's University Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 3.5 of 5

I knew nothing about Pauline Benton before reading this, but I've always had a fascination for puppetry of all sorts, so I thought that a biography of a puppeteer or puppet-master might be interesting.  It is!

Author Grant Hayter-Menzies clearly has a deep appreciation for Benton's work and has done extensive research on Ms. Benton and the Red Gate Shadow Theatre puppetry company that Benton founded and toured with.  He be
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For over a decade, Grant Hayter-Menzies has specialized in biographies of extraordinary women, publishing the first full length lives of stage and screen stars Charlotte Greenwood and Billie Burke, Chinese-American author Princess Der Ling, diarist Sarah Pike Conger, wife of the American ambassador to China and friend to the controversial Empress Dowager Cixi of China, Pauline Benton, the American ...more

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