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Starring Madame Modjeska: On Tour in Poland and America

Beth Holmgren

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ISBN 10: 0253356644 / ISBN 13: 9780253356642
Published by Indiana University Press, 2011
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Title: Starring Madame Modjeska: On Tour in Poland ...

Publisher: Indiana University Press

Publication Date: 2011

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

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In 1876, Poland's leading actress, Helena Modrzejewska, accompanied by family and friends, emigrated to southern California to establish a utopian commune that soon failed. Within a year Modrzejewska made her debut in the title role of Adrienne Lecouvreur at San Francisco's California Theatre. She changed her name to Modjeska and quickly became a leading star on the American stage, where she reigned for the next 30 years. During this time, she established herself as America's most esteemed Shakespearean actress, playing opposite such celebrated actors as Edwin Booth and Maurice Barrymore. Starring Madame Modjeska traces Modjeska's fabulous life and career from her illegitimate birth in Krakow, to her successive reinventions of herself as a star in both Poland and America, and finally to her enduring legacy.

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Winner, 2012 Heldt PrizeWinner, 2013 ASEEES Kulczycki Book PrizeWinner, 2014 Halecki Award

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