Ira Aldridge / Bernth Lindfors.

By: Lindfors, BernthMaterial type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooksRochester studies in African history and the diaspora: Publisher: Rochester, New York : University of Rochester Press, 2013Description: 1 online resource (366 pages) : illustrationsContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781580468275; 1580468276Subject(s): Actors -- United States -- Biography | African American actors -- Biography | African Americans -- Europe -- Biography | Black theater -- History | Shakespearean actors and actresses -- BiographyDDC classification: 792/.028/092 | B LOC classification: PN2287.A457 | L56 2013Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Given the extraordinary cost of scholarly books today, it is amazing that the Univ. of Rochester Press has devoted three volumes to the life of Ira Aldrich--who, as noted in earlier reviews, was the first African American actor to carve out a long and varied stage career, though not in the US. Volumes 1 and 2 (both, CH, Jun'12, 49-5587) cover "the early years" (1807-33) and "the vagabond years" (1833-52), as interpreted by Lindfors (emer., Univ. of Texas, Austin). This final volume, comparable in length to volume 2, covers the brief period (1852-55) prior to Aldrich's death and focuses on his tours on the Continent and in Russia and Eastern Europe (where he died). As he did in the first volumes, Lindfors quotes virtually every source found on Aldrich and provides a detailed review of his performances (documenting with primary sources that are often unsatisfying but clearly the best discovered). Two relatively brief chapters in this volume may prove to be the most informative and enlightening: one compares and contrasts the actor with other performers of his time; the other analyzes Aldridge in his best Shakespearean roles--Othello, Shylock, Macbeth, Richard III. Includes--in addition to standard apparatus--illustrations, four appendixes, and notes. --Don Burton Wilmeth, Brown University

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