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Eleonora Duse: In Life and Art

Giovanni Pontiero

This new biography of the Italian actress Eleonora Duse (1858-1924) traces her progress from obscurity to international acclaim as one of the most charismatic and influential actresses of her generation. A true pioneer in the theatre, Duse perfected an introspective style of acting which left critics and audiences spellbound. Vision and courage were the hallmark of her unique personality and no sacrifice was too great in her untiring quest for a «theatre of poetry».
Contents: The Duse Family - Early struggles - From leading lady to actress manager - Liaisons with Boito and D'Annunzio - Parisian debut - Duse versus Bernhardt - Triumphs abroad - Dusemania - The spell of Ibsen - The lost years - Duse's come-back - The final tours - Death in Pittsburgh.