Sarah (Jewish Lives)
Everything about Sarah Bernhardt is fascinating, from her obscure birth to her glorious careerredefining the very nature of her artto her amazing (and highly public) romantic life to her indomitable spirit. Well into her seventies, after the amputation of her leg, she was performing under bombardment for soldiers during World War I, as well as crisscrossing America on her...more
The answer, of course, is he cannot. What he can do is thoroughly research and read all of the books, articles, correspondence, etc (many in French) that we do not have access to and summarize. I see this ...more
It did not keep me awake at night (a bit too dry for my taste) but it did leave me wishing I knew more. I never knew she was French, or Jewish, or traveled to America and Bri ...more
For some reason, Gottlieb finds it really important to tell us, over and over, that Bernhardt wasn't really as skinny as contemporaneous accounts would have us believe.
Too bad, because Sarah Bernhardt life seems like it might have been fun to read about.
I expected a biography of such an mega drama queen as Bernhardt to be more moving .