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Jacob Adler: A Life on the Stage-A Memoirby Lulla Rosenfeld
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Jacob Adler, with his performances in the Yiddish King Lear, Uriel Acosta and Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, became first a megastar of the exploding Yiddish theatre, and then all of Broadway. His memoirs, originally written and published in Yiddish and now translated (by his granddaughter) into English provides not only a compelling portrait of one of America's greatest actors but a fascinating social history of his time.
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Adler (1855-1926) tells of his passion for the theater, tracing it from his youth in Tsarist Russia to his stardom in the American Yiddish theater, which included performances in King Lear, Uriel Acosta, and The Merchant of Venice. He describes the community of which he was a part, the other actors with whom he performed, and his own method for bringing life to the characters he played. His granddaughter, Rosenfeld, translates the work into English and provides commentary. His daughter, Stella Adler, offers an introductory essay.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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