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The Life of Sarah Bernhardt

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A riveting portrait of the great Sarah Bernhardt from acclaimed writer Robert Gottlieb Everything about Sarah Bernhardt is fascinating, from her obscure birth to her glorious career-redefining the very nature of her art-to 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 ninth American tour. Her family was also a source of curiosity: the mother she adored and who scorned her; her two half-sisters, who died young after lives of dissipation; and most of all, her son, Maurice, whom she worshiped and raised as an aristocrat, in the style appropriate to his presumed father, the Belgian Prince de Ligne. Only once did they quarrel-over the Dreyfus Affair. Maurice was a right-wing snob; Sarah, always proud of her Jewish heritage, was a passionate Dreyfusard and Zolaist. 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.
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"Robert Gottlieb sifts through the fiction in this hugely entertaining biography of the theatrical legend, and often casts doubt on the competing accounts of her life with little more than a raised eyebrow."-Victoria Segal, The Guardian -- Victoria Segal * The Guardian * "With panache worthy of his subject, Gottlieb lays out the players as if Bernhardt's life were a stage drama. His charismatic prose captures the spell of the consummate mythmaker."-Carol Ockman, coauthor of Sarah Bernhardt: The Art of High Drama -- Carol Ockman "Gottlieb's Life casts a reassuringly sceptical eye over a plethora of less-than-reliable writings about Berhardt, some of them the actress's own memoirs."-John Nathan, Jewish Chronicle -- John Nathan * Jewish Chronicle * "Robert Gottlieb presents her appreciatively, in full color, in all her exuberance, extravagance, beauty, passion and talent."-Sandee Brawarsky, -- Sandee Brawarsky * The Jewish Week * "[Robert Gottlieb] does what few biographers of famous women do: He focuses on her work."-Susan Salter Reynolds, Newsday -- Susan Salter Reynolds * Newsday * "it's an ambitious book, a real doorstopper. . . . You'll learn all manner of facts."-David Wood, Book Report -- David Wood * Book Report * Received Honorable Mention in the Biography/Autobiography category of the 2010 New England Book Festival -- Biography Honorable Mention * New England Book Festival * "Gottlieb writes about Bernhardt with convincing respect and sympathy, tempered with quiet amusement at her oddities and excesses. His lucid, conversational, urbane prose is accompanied by numerous illustrations. . . . Gottlieb's Sarah is a fine introduction to a fascinating woman."-Julius Novick, Forward -- Julius Novick * Forward * "Robert Gottlieb's biography of Bernhardt is very readable and covers the actress' fascinating life qutie well."-Richard Weigel, Bowling Green Daily News -- Richard Weigel * Bowling Green Daily News * "Very readable. . . . Gottlieb holds the reader's interest throughout. . . . [An] excellent biography. . . . Recommended very highly for casual reader as well as for specialists."-Richard Weigel, Pages -- Richard Weigel * Pages * "Gottlieb shows in this fine, sympathetic biography [that Sarah Bernhardt] put the world on a leash and added it to her own private menagerie."-Betty Smartt Carter, Books & Culture -- Betty Smartt Carter * Books & Culture * "Gottlieb does an excellent job describing Bernhardt, making her come alive for the reader or, perhaps more accurately, making her larger-than-life personality seem real. With its general overview of her life, the book serves as a perfect introduction to her personal life and her career."-Rabbi Rachel Esserman, Voice of the Dutchess Jewish Community -- Rabbi Rachel Esserman * Voice of the Dutchess Jewish Community * "Short, witty and tender...This book is one that your friends and family will actually want to read: a better stocking-topper for the literary-minded is hard to imagine."-Miranda Seymour, The Lady -- Miranda Seymour * The Lady * Honorable Mention in the Biography/Autobiography category of the 2010 Los Angeles Book Festival -- Biography/Autobiography Honorable Mention * Los Angeles Book Festival * "A riveting account of a life lived in the spotlight"-Richard Edmonds, Birmingham Post -- Richard Edmonds * Birmingham Post * "Suave, intelligent, always slyly entertaining."-Terry Castle, London Review Of Books -- Terry Castle * London Review Of Books * "Although Bernhardt's fame is universal and the literature about her immense, the major postwar English language biographies have long been out of print...Gottlieb's succinct survey is timely"-Rupert Christiansen, Literary Review -- Rupert Christiansen * Literary Review * "Robert Gottlieb is a firmly even-handed biographer and his engagingly zippy account focuses

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Robert Gottlieb is the author of Lives and Letters, George Balanchine, and Great Expectations: The Sons and Daughters of Charles Dickens. His career in publishing-as editor-in-chief of Simon and Schuster, Alfred A. Knopf, and The New Yorker-is legendary.