Patrick Carnegy, 30 December 1982
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Cambridge, 216 pp., £12.95, September 1982, 0 521 24421 8Show More
Mazeppa: The Lives, Loves and Legends of Adah Isaacs Menken by Wolf Mankowitz.
Blond and Briggs, 270 pp., £10.95, September 1982, 0 85634 119 3Show More
“... Miss Smithson’ – a black veil with wisps of straw tastefully interwoven amongst the hair. As Peter Raby puts it, in a biography which for the first time gives her side of the story, ‘the conjunction of beauty, forlorn love, madness and premature death’ was irresistible to the French. Through her, Shakespeare suddenly became a central part of ...”