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Sharon Marcus is the Orlando Harriman Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. She is a founding editor of Public Books and the author of the award-winning Between Women: Friendship, Desire, and Marriage in Victorian England (Princeton) and Apartment Stories: City and Home in Nineteenth-Century Paris and London. Twitter @MarcusSharon
The Drama of Celebrity is premised on a fundamental continuity between Bernhardt's era and our own, and Marcus is surely right to contend that the star did much to invent what we now recognize as celebrity culture. ---Ruth Bernard Yeazell, New York Review of Books Marcus's great achievement here is that she leads us on a journey of understanding celebrity and stardom with a richer history than we are often want to take. ---D. Gilson, Lambda Literary [An] inventive, stimulating book. . . . [Sharon] Marcus is a brilliant theorist and analyst of theater history. ---Elaine Showalter, New York Times [An] excellent new book . . . Marcus [has] performed a great service by illuminating the extraordinary gift possessed by [Sarah Bernhardt]. ---Joseph Roach, Los Angeles Review of Books [An] insightful and engaging examination of celebrity culture . . . Marcus augments her analysis by drawing on types of sources that are rarely used, such as scrapbooks, letters and life writing produced by fans of celebrities. The inclusion of normally neglected voices adds richness and depth to this work, ensuring it is more comprehensive than most earlier studies of this intriguing subject. ---Eleanor Fitzsimons, Literary Review The Drama of Celebrity by Sharon Marcus is a hybrid of biography and sociological treatise on one of the most important phenomena of modern times . . . why we are attracted to - or, conversely, repulsed by - celebrity culture. ---Kitty Kelley, Washington Independent Review of Books You don't have to be into celebrity culture to appreciate this readable study. ---Steven Carroll, Sydney Morning Herald Olivia Vinall delivers an engaging narration of Marcus's exhaustive research on the origins of modern celebrity culture . . . [her] pace and tone are just right for this fascinating investigation of celebrity in our media-driven world. * Audiofile Magazine * [S]parky, feisty and compelling . . . . Sharon Marcus's book is tour de force and the author a total star. ---Jonathan Margolis, Jewish Chronicle [An] insightful and often entertaining take on celebrity. . . . The linchpin of the author's study is French stage actress Sarah Bernhardt, a master of self-promotion. To the shelves of works about Bernhardt, Marcus brings a singular take-richly illustrated throughout by reproduced drawings, paintings, and photographs-that fascinates as it explains her concepts of celebrity. * Kirkus * I love the book. ---Radhika Jones, Marcus's study of Bernhardt, a Jewish actress, is remarkable. Even though this is an academic text, it reads so well. And wow, could we read a bajillion more books on Sarah Bernhardt!!! ---Emily Burack, Alma