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A Strange Eventful History An Epic Yet Intimate Portrait Of Two Theatrical Dynasties, Which Takes Us From The Victorian Stage To The Modern Age Ellen Terry Was A Natural Actress Who Filled The Theatre With A Magical RadianceThe Times Called Her The Uncrowned Queen Of England, But Behind Her Public Success Lay A Darker Story The Child Bride Of G.F Watts, She Eloped With A Friend Of Oscar Wilde S At The Age Of Twenty One And Gave Birth To Two Illegitimate Children But Her Greatest Partnership Was On Stage With Henry Irving At The Lyceum Theatre In London, The Two Of Them Created A Grand Cathedral Of The Arts Their Intimately Involved Lives Exceeded In Plot The Shakespearean Dramas They Performed On Stage And Indeed Were Curiously Affected By Them They Also Influenced The Life And Work Of Their Remarkable Children, Ellen S Children In Particular Edy Craig Founded A Feminist Theatre Group, The Pioneer Players Her Brother, Edward Gordon Craig, The Revolutionary Stage Designer Who Collaborated With Stanislavski Is Revealed By This Book To Be The Forgotten Man Of Modernism He Had Thirteen Children By Eight Women He Is, Perhaps, The Most Extraordinary Man Michael Holroyd Has Ever Written About.


10 thoughts on “A Strange Eventful History

  1. says:

    I ve been reading biographies of these people since I was in college and obsessed by Victorian and Edwardian England Ellen Terry was the most famous and revered actress of her day Henry Irving was the actor manager of the Lyceum Theatre, the great Victorian classical theatre They lived unconventional, artistic lives and crossed paths with everybody of their age Bram Stoker was the state manager Terry had a long correspondence with George Bernard Shaw Her son Gordon Craig was involved with I ve been reading biographies of these people since I was in college and obsessed by Victorian and Edwardian England Ellen Terr...


  2. says:

    Curiously slow to start, partly because Holroyd starts with Ellen Terry, who is very hard to describe at least hard for him But when he introduces Henry Irving, it all comes together, because the two must be seen against one another to be understood And I get the weird sense that in the pairing the sunny Ellen Terry, an effortless actress from a stage family, who falls in and out of love easily, who feels deeply but transiently, and the dark, depressive, self made, self invented man from t Curiously slow to start, partly because Holroyd starts with Ellen Terry, who is very hard to describe at least hard for him But when he introduces Henry Irving, it all comes together, because the two must be seen against one another to be understood And I get the weird sense that in the pairing the sunny Ellen Terry, an effortless actress from a stage family, who falls in and out of love easily, who feels deeply but transiently, and the dark, depressive, self made, self invented man from the provinces, I see the refl...


  3. says:

    This group biography may be Holroyd s finest achievement His subjects are hardly neglected figures, but the weaving together of their stories over several generations is new and profound The world of the stage becomes a metaphor for a changing culture in this case, the transition from the Victorian to the Edwardian epoch, when Ellen Terry became the most beloved actress of her time and Henry Irving the most successful and innovative theater manager in London and abroad Although Holroyd makes Thi...


  4. says:

    From BBC Radio 4 Extra Eleanor Bron reads Michael Holroyd s biography of Victorian stage greats, Henry Irving and Ellen Terry.


  5. says:

    Biography of Victorian theatre stars Henry Irving and Ellen Terry I listened to an abridged audio version read by Eleanor Bron.


  6. says:

    Two and a half stars By the end I was skipping long sections.The first part of this book was quite interesting and taught me a lot about Ellen Terry and Henry Irving, actors who were among the biggest stars of the late Victorian stage Had the author only written about these two, I d have given the book a much higher rating, but far too much of the book describes the life of Terry s children, and in particular her son, Gordon Craig, whose claim to fame must be that he brought cruel, exploitativ Two and a half stars By the end I was skipping long sections.The first part of this book was quite interesting and taught me a lot about Ellen Terry and Henry Irving, actors who were among the biggest stars of the late Victorian stage Had the author only written about these two, I d have given the book a much higher rating, but far too much of the book describes the life of Terry s children, and in particular her son, Gordon Craig, whose claim to fame must be that he brought cruel, exploitative insanely selfish behavior to a level few other people will ever achieve fortunately In theory, he was an important stage designer, or at least the author wants you to believe that, citing his biographers and scholars who write about him through the chapters on this disgusting man But Holroyd s text gives no hint as to how Craig might have earned his reputation, as he spends most of his lif...


  7. says:

    Ellen Terry and Henry Irving dominated the Victorian stage in ways that are difficult to imagine today, in a pre cinema, pre Twitter age As disciplined and determined as these two performers were, their personal lives were chaotic and devastating to their partners, lovers, children, friends, and hangers on A bit of trivia Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula, devoted his life to making Henry Irving s life possible, only to be snubbed cruelly by him near the end, a snub he never recovered from Ellen Terry and Henry Irving dominated the Victorian stage in ways that are difficult to imagine today, in a pre cinema, pre Twitter age As disciplined and determined as these two performers were, their personal lives were chaotic and devastating to their partners, lovers, children, friends, and hangers on A bit of trivia Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula, devoted his life to making Henry Irving s life possible, only to be snubbed cruelly by him near the end, a snub he never recovered from and never forgave Where Terry was...


  8. says:

    Ellen Terry and Henry Irving were icons of the Victorian theatre world She, like Lillie Langtry, was known as a famous English beauty a pillar of grace and style He, with his tacklings of great Shakespeare roles, was the man who single handedly dragged the theatrical world into almost respectability though he was also reputed to be the model for Dracula, whose author, Bram Stoke...


  9. says:

    Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth by John Singer Sargent, currently hanging in Tate Britain, is my favourite picture However I didn t know a lot about the life of Terry, nor of Henry Irving who she is inextricably linked with Michael Holroyd is this country s premier literary biographer producing multi volume lives of George Bernard Shaw as well as Lytton Strachey Augustus John all of which I ve enjoyed so this has been on my should read list for a number of years Sadly after reading thi Ellen Terry as Lady Macbeth by John Singer Sargent, currently hanging in Tate Britain, is my favourite picture However I didn t know a lot about the life of Terry, nor of Henry Irving who she is inextricably linked with Michael Holroyd is this country s premier literary biographer producing multi volume lives of George Bernard Shaw as well as Lytton Strachey Augustus John all of which I ve enjoyed so this has been on my should read list for a number of years Sadly after reading this group biography as it covers both their lives plus the lives of their children it didn t grab me as much as his other books Certainly you understand that Terry Irving were I suppose the 19th century theatrical equivalent of Laurence Olivier Vivien Leigh although there is some dispute as to whether they were actually lovers That being said the biography isinterested in there offstage life than an analysis of their career on stage Their lives bisect with a large cast o...


  10. says:

    Michael Holroyd s latest starts out as a biography of the legendary British actress Ellen Terry, until it reaches the point when she begins collaborating with the equally iconic Henry Irving Holroyd then circles back to tell HIS story, and then the story of their long and illustrious partnership, and THEN the stories of their children not, we should be clear, their children together, because the evidence that they were even lovers is largely circumstantial Terry s son and daughter dominate t Michael Holroyd s latest starts out as a biography of the legendary British ...


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