Ira Aldridge : the early years, 1807-1833.

By: Lindfors, BernthMaterial type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooksRochester studies in African history and the diaspora: v. 48.Publisher: New York : Boydell & Brewer Group Ltd, 2014Description: 1 online resource (812 pages)Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781782046455; 1782046453; 9781580468688; 1580468683Subject(s): Actors -- United States -- Biography | African American actors -- Biography | African Americans -- Europe -- Biography | Shakespearean actors and actresses -- BiographyAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Ira Aldridge : The Early Years, 1807-1833.DDC classification: 792.028092 LOC classification: PN2287.A457 .L384 2014Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
1 The Lives of Ira Aldridge; 2 Family Matters; 3 Life in New York City; 4 Charles Mathews and James Hewlett; 5 A Gentleman of Colour; 6 The African Tragedian; 7 The African Roscius on Tour; 8 A Fresh Start; 9 A New Venture; 10 Expanding the Repertoire; 11 London Again; 12 Playing New Roles; 13 Pale Experiments; 14 Dublin; 15 Racial Compliments and Abuse; 16 Re-engagements; 17 Shakespeare Burlesques; 18 A Satirical Battering Ram; 19 Covent Garden; 20 Other London Engagements; 21 Moving On.
Summary: Ira Aldridge: The Early Years, 1807-1833 chronicles the rise of one of the modern world's first black classical actors, as he ascended from an impoverished childhood in New York City to a career as a celebrated thespian on the British stage. After a successful debut in London in 1825, Aldridge began touring the British provinces, billing himself grandiloquently as the ""African Roscius, "" and attracting crowds with his powerful presence and style. He received accolades not only as a tragedian in classic roles such as Othello and Oroonoko but also as a comic actor in popular farces and mu.
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1 The Lives of Ira Aldridge; 2 Family Matters; 3 Life in New York City; 4 Charles Mathews and James Hewlett; 5 A Gentleman of Colour; 6 The African Tragedian; 7 The African Roscius on Tour; 8 A Fresh Start; 9 A New Venture; 10 Expanding the Repertoire; 11 London Again; 12 Playing New Roles; 13 Pale Experiments; 14 Dublin; 15 Racial Compliments and Abuse; 16 Re-engagements; 17 Shakespeare Burlesques; 18 A Satirical Battering Ram; 19 Covent Garden; 20 Other London Engagements; 21 Moving On.

Ira Aldridge: The Early Years, 1807-1833 chronicles the rise of one of the modern world's first black classical actors, as he ascended from an impoverished childhood in New York City to a career as a celebrated thespian on the British stage. After a successful debut in London in 1825, Aldridge began touring the British provinces, billing himself grandiloquently as the ""African Roscius, "" and attracting crowds with his powerful presence and style. He received accolades not only as a tragedian in classic roles such as Othello and Oroonoko but also as a comic actor in popular farces and mu.

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This final volume of Lindfors's ambitious biography of the African American actor Ira Aldridge (1807-67) is as thorough as one might hope for the life of an itinerant performer who spent most of his career (43 years) acting abroad, frequently with actors performing in languages other than English (in this volume, Lindfors notes Aldridge's dependency on translators in numerous countries). Covering a scant dozen years, volume 4 follows the pattern of earlier volumes (CH, Jun'12, 49-5587), tracing Aldridge's numerous tours and travels, offering glimpses of his private life (including his two marriages), and providing criticism of his acting and his impact on audiences and colleagues, especially in a handful of Shakespearean roles (Othello, Macbeth, Richard III, King Lear, Shylock, and a few others). Aldridge planned a return to US stages (where he had little history or reputation), but he died unexpectedly in Lodz, Poland. Like earlier volumes in the set, this one is extensively researched and documented, with fulsome notes and effective illustrations. Lindfors's four-volume biography is destined to become the standard life of Aldridge, without equal in the future. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. --Don Burton Wilmeth, Brown University

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