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In this first book-length biography of Mercedes de Acosta, theatre historian Robert A. Schanke adroitly mines lost archival materials and mixes in his own interviews with de Acostas intimates to correct established myths and at last construct an accurate, detailed, and vibrant portrait of the flamboyantly uninhibited early-twentieth-century author, poet, and playwright.

            

Born to wealthy Spanish immigrants, Mercedes de Acosta (1893–1968) lived in opulence and traveled in the same social circles as the Astors and Vanderbilts. Introduced to the New York theater scene at an early age, her dual loves of performance and of women informed every aspect of her life thereafter. Alice B. Toklass observation, “Say what you will about Mercedes, shes had the most important women in the twentieth century,” was well justified, as her romantic conquests included such internationally renowned beauties as Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Isadora Duncan, and Eva Le Gallienne as well as Alla Nazimova, Tamara Karsavina, Pola Negri, and Ona Munson.

            

More than a record of her personal life and infamous romances, this account offers the first analysis of the complete oeuvre of de Acostas literary works, including three volumes of poetry, two novels, two film scripts, and a dozen plays. Although only two of her plays were ever published during her lifetime, four of them were produced, featuring such stage luminaries as John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson, and Eva Le Gallienne. Critics praised her first volume of poetry, Moods, in 1919 and predicted her rise to literary fame, but the love of other women that fueled her writing also limited her opportunities to fulfill this destiny. Failing to achieve any lasting fame, she died in relative poverty at the age of seventy-five.

 

De Acosta lived her desires publicly with verve and vigor at a time when few others would dare, and for that, she paid the price of marginalized obscurity. Until now. With “That Furious Lesbian” Schanke at last establishes Mercedes de Acostas rightful place as a pioneer—and indeed a champion—in the early struggle for lesbian rights in this country. 

 

Robert A. Schanke has edited a companion to this biography, #LINK<Women in Turmoil: Six Plays by Mercedes de Acosta,># also available from Southern Illinois University Press.

Synopsis:

In this first book-length biography of Mercedes de Acosta, theatre historian Robert A. Schanke adroitly mines lost archival materials and mixes in his own interviews with de Acostas intimates to correct established myths and at last construct an accurate, detailed, and vibrant portrait of the flamboyantly uninhibited early-twentieth-century author, poet, and playwright.

            

Born to wealthy Spanish immigrants, Mercedes de Acosta (1893–1968) lived in opulence and traveled in the same social circles as the Astors and Vanderbilts. Introduced to the New York theater scene at an early age, her dual loves of performance and of women informed every aspect of her life thereafter. Alice B. Toklass observation, “Say what you will about Mercedes, shes had the most important women in the twentieth century,” was well justified, as her romantic conquests included such internationally renowned beauties as Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Isadora Duncan, and Eva Le Gallienne as well as Alla Nazimova, Tamara Karsavina, Pola Negri, and Ona Munson.

            

More than a record of her personal life and infamous romances, this account offers the first analysis of the complete oeuvre of de Acostas literary works, including three volumes of poetry, two novels, two film scripts, and a dozen plays. Although only two of her plays were ever published during her lifetime, four of them were produced, featuring such stage luminaries as John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson, and Eva Le Gallienne. Critics praised her first volume of poetry, Moods, in 1919 and predicted her rise to literary fame, but the love of other women that fueled her writing also limited her opportunities to fulfill this destiny. Failing to achieve any lasting fame, she died in relative poverty at the age of seventy-five.

 

De Acosta lived her desires publicly with verve and vigor at a time when few others would dare, and for that, she paid the price of marginalized obscurity. Until now. With “That Furious Lesbian” Schanke at last establishes Mercedes de Acostas rightful place as a pioneer—and indeed a champion—in the early struggle for lesbian rights in this country. 

 

Robert A. Schanke has edited a companion to this biography, #LINK<Women in Turmoil: Six Plays by Mercedes de Acosta,># also available from Southern Illinois University Press.

Synopsis:

Now available in paperback, ""That Furious Lesbian": The Story of Mercedes de Acosta is the first book-length biography of the flamboyantly uninhibited early-twentieth-century author, poet, and playwright. Theatre historian Robert A. Schanke adroitly mines lost archival materials and mixes in his own interviews with de Acosta's intimates to correct established myths and construct an accurate, detailed, and vibrant account of her life and loves on Broadway and in Hollywood.

About the Author

A Professor Emeritus of Theater at Central College in Pella, Iowa, Robert A. Schanke is the editor of the international journal Theatre History Studies and the Southern Illinois University Press series Theater in the Americas. His five other books include Eva Le Gallienne: A Bio-Bibliography and Shattered Applause: The Lives of Eva Le Gallienne, a finalist for both the Lambda Literary Award and the Barnard Hewitt Award for theatre research.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780809325795
Editor:
Schanke, Robert A.
Other:
Schanke, Robert A.
Other:
Schanke, Robert A.
Editor:
Schanke, Robert A.
Author:
Schanke, Robert A.
Author:
Schanke
Publisher:
Southern Illinois University Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
Theater - General
Subject:
Lesbian Studies
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - General
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Subject:
Gay and Lesbian-General
Edition Number:
1st Edition
Edition Description:
1st Edition
Series:
Theater in the Americas
Publication Date:
20040531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.7 in

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"Synopsis" by ,

In this first book-length biography of Mercedes de Acosta, theatre historian Robert A. Schanke adroitly mines lost archival materials and mixes in his own interviews with de Acostas intimates to correct established myths and at last construct an accurate, detailed, and vibrant portrait of the flamboyantly uninhibited early-twentieth-century author, poet, and playwright.

            

Born to wealthy Spanish immigrants, Mercedes de Acosta (1893–1968) lived in opulence and traveled in the same social circles as the Astors and Vanderbilts. Introduced to the New York theater scene at an early age, her dual loves of performance and of women informed every aspect of her life thereafter. Alice B. Toklass observation, “Say what you will about Mercedes, shes had the most important women in the twentieth century,” was well justified, as her romantic conquests included such internationally renowned beauties as Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Isadora Duncan, and Eva Le Gallienne as well as Alla Nazimova, Tamara Karsavina, Pola Negri, and Ona Munson.

            

More than a record of her personal life and infamous romances, this account offers the first analysis of the complete oeuvre of de Acostas literary works, including three volumes of poetry, two novels, two film scripts, and a dozen plays. Although only two of her plays were ever published during her lifetime, four of them were produced, featuring such stage luminaries as John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson, and Eva Le Gallienne. Critics praised her first volume of poetry, Moods, in 1919 and predicted her rise to literary fame, but the love of other women that fueled her writing also limited her opportunities to fulfill this destiny. Failing to achieve any lasting fame, she died in relative poverty at the age of seventy-five.

 

De Acosta lived her desires publicly with verve and vigor at a time when few others would dare, and for that, she paid the price of marginalized obscurity. Until now. With “That Furious Lesbian” Schanke at last establishes Mercedes de Acostas rightful place as a pioneer—and indeed a champion—in the early struggle for lesbian rights in this country. 

 

Robert A. Schanke has edited a companion to this biography, #LINK<Women in Turmoil: Six Plays by Mercedes de Acosta,># also available from Southern Illinois University Press.

"Synopsis" by , Now available in paperback, ""That Furious Lesbian": The Story of Mercedes de Acosta is the first book-length biography of the flamboyantly uninhibited early-twentieth-century author, poet, and playwright. Theatre historian Robert A. Schanke adroitly mines lost archival materials and mixes in his own interviews with de Acosta's intimates to correct established myths and construct an accurate, detailed, and vibrant account of her life and loves on Broadway and in Hollywood.
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