Ophelia's Fan: A Novel

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2004 - 351 стор.
Christine Balint reimagines the bittersweet life of Harriet Smithson, the tragedienne who brought Shakespeare to the French. Born in County Clare, Ireland, in 1800, Harriet is left in the care of the elderly priest Father Barrett, and is brought up on Lamb's Shakespeare, lime-sherbet sweets, and prayer. A child of traveling players, her ultimate inheritance is Covent Garden, London, the green room, and the theater's rough magic. With the arrival of Charles Kemble's English Theatre troupe in Paris in 1827, the Odeon Theatre is awash with the drama and music of Shakespeare. Harriet is Ophelia. The French Romantics swoon, traffic stops, and the high-society women plait straw in their hair in honor of her mad Ophelia. The fiery composer Hector Berlioz falls in love. In Ophelia's Fan, Balint re-creates the texture and breadth of the nineteenth century and brings alive Harriet Smithson; the actress and the woman, her roles and her loves. Reading group guide included.
 

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This is a fictionalized account of the life of the actress who was Hector Berlioz's muse. It's an oddly structured book, told up until the time she & Berlioz marry in 1833, so we don't actually meet ... Читати огляд повністю

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BENEVOLENCE
11
Ennis County Clare Ireland 1800
14
1800
16
1806
17
Juliet
39
LEARNING
49
Advice to the Actor
50
1808
52
1808
232
HARMONY
241
In the Beginning
244
1827
246
December 1832
249
December 1832
255
1827
259
Ophelia
263

18091814
57
Desdemona
63
1814
67
1817
85
1817
88
1806
99
1807
114
LOVE
127
1819
164
1820
168
Anne Boleyn
188
1821
199
1826
214
18201827
218
1826
227
1827
271
1833
279
Jane Shore
284
1833
293
1827
295
1833
298
1833
301
1833
305
1827
311
1827
323
1833
333
1828
338
1827
344
Acknowledgements
347
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Christine Balint is the author of the highly praised The Salt Letters. She was born in 1975 in Melbourne, Australia, and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Melbourne.

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