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The Savage Brood

Martha Rofheart

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ISBN 10: 0690014848 / ISBN 13: 9780690014846
Published by Crowell, 1978
Condition: Good Hardcover
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Title: The Savage Brood

Publisher: Crowell

Publication Date: 1978

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Good

Edition: 1st - may be Reissue.

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The Savage family saga sweeps across five centuries and two continents, blending history and an intimate knowledge of the theatre with compelling, poetic writing.
In medieval England, the Savage family are rewarded with an inn-theatre for serving their king.
That is where their epic story begins, taking the Savages all the way to the romantic city of Florence, where the beguiling Thomasine and the brooding Edward capture the hearts of the city with their command of the Commedia dell'Arte.
The next generation finds its roots back in London's famous Drury Lane: Miranda Savage takes centre stage as a majestic Shakespearian actress, but the American Dream beckons.
Miranda leaves for the New World, but old secrets refuse to stay behind in Europe.
The Savage legacy is tied even to the birth of cinema in America, where star-crossed lovers Sammy and Solange compete incessantly for fame in the same cut-throat industry.
The pressure is on for their son J.P., who follows in his parents' footsteps in the glittering city of San Fransisco.
But through two world wars and political turmoil that casts the land of opportunity into gloom, will the Savages ever know the dazzling lights of Hollywood?
The Savage brood are a passionately proud family devoted to their art to each other.
This is the story of the times that shaped their destiny and of the history they wrote, of their all-too-human failings, their joys and sorrows, and their exalting successes.
Above all, this is a love story between man and woman, and between actor and stage.
Praise for Martha Rofheart
'A tale of drinking, wenching, hunting and fighting' - Evening News
'Cause for celebration!' - Los Angeles Times
'Dramatic, colorful, sure to please ... Rofheart's Cleopatra is a fully delineated, fascinating, and wholly sympathetic figure: charming, intelligent, sensuous, politically acute, and consummately ambitious ... An absorbing story from start to finish.' -- Publishers Weekly
Martha Rofheart grew up in the Portland neighbourhood of Louisville, surrounded by a large Upper Middle Class extended family, which was spread out along Portland Avenue and nearby streets. Growing up she had several poems published in Louisville newspapers and magazines, and at age 10, she won a national one-act play contest. After moving to New York City, Martha became a model and actress. Martha made her Broadway debut in 1942, and was a well-known protégé. Soon after her son was born in 1957, she chose to be a full-time mother and, eventually, a writer. After Fortune Made His Sword , Martha Rofheart wrote five novels and many of her novels were translated into German, Dutch, Spanish, Italian and Serbian.

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Martha Rofheart's impressive command of history and intimate knowledge of the theater combine in the compelling, unforgettable sage of a first family of the stage. The savage story sweeps across five centuries and two continents - lusty England; Renaissance Florence; besieged New York, riddled with Revolutionary War intrigue; and glittering tinsel-bright Hollywood at the height of the film craze. The Savage Brood is the tale of the heirs of the strumpet Moll Savage, royally awarded an inn-theater and a husband for serving well her king. It's the tale of the sensitive, brooding Edward, great actor of th eCommedia dell'Arte, and of the beguiling, no-nonsense Thomasine, who captured every heart in Florence but his; of Miranda, Drury Lane's magnetic and majestic Shakespearean actress and her foppish, devil-may-care cousin Beau, who followed her to America; of Sammy and Solange, who took part in the birth of the cinema, and of their son, J.P., who became one of its biggest heartthrobs. The Savage brood are a passionately proud family devoted to their art and to each other. This is the story of the times that shaped their destiny and of the history they wrote, of their all-too-human failings, their joys and sorrows, and their exalting successes. Above all, this is a love story -- between man and woman, and between actor and stage.

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