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Sarah: The Life of Sarah Bernhardt by Robert Gottlieb.. This woman was the first celebrity, a model for the times we're living in more than a century later. Canny, self-mythologizing, she was simultaneously one of the great actors of her day, yet sensationally empty. Makes you think.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"In “Sarah,” Robert Gottlieb’s sharp, efficient biography, the woman whose name is a byword for theatrics emerges as the first modern celebrity, skilled at P.R., canny with endorsements, engaged in her own mythologizing and with a howling emptiness at her core.."

The NY Times

"Though the Bernhardt literature is vast, Gottlieb’s Sarah is the first English-language biography to appear in decades. Brilliantly, it tracks the trajectory through which an illegitimate—and scandalous—daughter of a courtesan transformed herself into the most famous actress who ever lived, and into a national icon, a symbol of France.."

Yale Press

Author bio: Robert Gottlieb is the author of the acclaimed Balanchine: The Ballet Maker. He writes for the New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, and other publications, and is dance critic for the New York Observer. His career in publishing—as editor in chief of Simon and Schuster, Alfred A. Knopf, and The New Yorker—is legendary. More information can be found here:

Book Details: History; (233 pp. Scholarly, a quick read: Kindle/Print editions)

Publisher Website: 9780300141276

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