Sarah Bernhardt : the divine and dazzling life of the world's first superstar / Catherine Reef.

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: "A tantalizing biography for teens on Sarah Bernhardt, the first international celebrity and one of the greatest actors of all time, who lived a highly unconventional, utterly fascinating life. Illustrated with more than sixty-five photos of Bernhardt on stage, in film, and in real life"-- Provided by publisher.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: Reef follows the transformation of a girl of humble origins, born to a courtesan, into a fabulously talented, wealthy, and beloved icon. Sarah Bernhardt is still considered to be one of the greatest performers of all time. Boldly unconventional, extravagantly eccentric and unapologetically promiscuous, Bernhardt-- the divine Sarah-- was the global superstar of the 1800s-- and perhaps one of the greatest performers of all time. -- adapted from jacket
    • Content Notes:
      Prologue. Face to face -- What can be done with Sarah? -- France's greatest actor-in-training -- Stepping onto the world's stage -- Under siege -- A strange girl in the belle époque -- World famous -- Public woman/private life -- The great and good Sarah -- A flaming heart -- Wounded bird.
    • Notes:
      Includes bibliographical references and index.
      Ages: 12+.
      Grades: 7-8.
    • ISBN:
      9781328557506
      1328557502
    • Accession Number:
      2019017244
    • Accession Number:
      on1107151266
      1107151266
    • Accession Number:
      fay.710084
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    • ABNT:
      REEF, C. Sarah Bernhardt : the divine and dazzling life of the world’s first superstar. [s. l.]: Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2020. ISBN 9781328557506. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.710084. Acesso em: 24 set. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Reef C. Sarah Bernhardt : The Divine and Dazzling Life of the World’s First Superstar. Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 2020. Accessed September 24, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.710084
    • APA:
      Reef, C. (2020). Sarah Bernhardt : the divine and dazzling life of the world’s first superstar. Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Reef, Catherine. 2020. Sarah Bernhardt : The Divine and Dazzling Life of the World’s First Superstar. Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.710084.
    • Harvard:
      Reef, C. (2020) Sarah Bernhardt : the divine and dazzling life of the world’s first superstar. Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.710084 (Accessed: 24 September 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Reef, C 2020, Sarah Bernhardt : the divine and dazzling life of the world’s first superstar, Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, viewed 24 September 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Reef, Catherine. Sarah Bernhardt : The Divine and Dazzling Life of the World’s First Superstar. Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2020. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.710084.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Reef, Catherine. Sarah Bernhardt : The Divine and Dazzling Life of the World’s First Superstar. Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.710084.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Reef C. Sarah Bernhardt : the divine and dazzling life of the world’s first superstar [Internet]. Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 2020 [cited 2020 Sep 24]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.710084

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2020 June #1

Born to a French courtesan, raised apart from proper society, and prone to wild stories from an early age, spirited Sarah Bernhardt was never destined for an ordinary life. In straightforward prose, this lively biography lays out the details of her life, beginning with her childhood as a tempestuous young acting student, plagued by stage fright, who tried unsuccessfully to win her mother's approval. Chapters document her early failures and eventual successes, her many loves, her close relationship with her son and grandchildren, and her tendency toward impulsive behavior and dramatic embellishment—because of the latter, many facts about her life aren't known for sure. Reef, a veteran nonfiction writer and biographer (Mary Shelley: The Strange True Tale of Frankenstein's Creator, 2018), expertly sets the scene, painting a vivid backdrop of the political unrest that influenced Bernhardt's career and the contemporaries—and rivals—who shared her stage. Teens interested in the theater will doubtless be entranced by this, but Bernhardt's transformation from underdog to icon will intrigue readers of all kinds. Grades 7-10. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2020 May #2

Much of what is known about this legendary French actress (1844–1923) is recognized as colorful hearsay—which was fomented by Bernhardt herself. In this concise, well-researched biography, Reef faithfully separates the documented from the speculative in tracing Bernhardt's life from her birth as the daughter of a Jewish courtesan to the three days when "life in Paris halted" to mourn the death of the "Divine Sarah." After education at boarding school and a convent, where she was baptized into Catholicism and yearned to become a nun, the temperamental 15-year-old was reluctantly admitted to study drama at the Comédie-Française. Headstrong and tempestuous, she was initially an unremarkable actress with an erratic career; by the time she was 24, however, she had become "the star everyone wanted to see," mesmerizing audiences around the globe. Reef details Bernhardt's wide-ranging career, acts of patriotism during the Franco-Prussian War and WWI, and intriguing personal life, including idiosyncrasies such as sleeping in a coffin, in prose that alternates between conversational and melodramatic. Well-recounted, if falling short in rendering the drama of Bernhardt's magnetic performances and extraordinary charisma, this is a solid introduction to an unconventional feminist and international idol. Ages 12–up. (June)

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