Skip to main content

Research Repository

See what's under the surface

The collected letters of Ellen Terry. Vol. 3 1894-98

Cockin, Katharine

Authors

Katharine Cockin



Abstract

Ellen Terry (1847–1928) was one of the first modern stars of the British stage. She toured America and Australia and was adored by the public, and has become an icon of Victorian womanhood. A transitional figure, Terry straddled both the Victorian and the modern world. But the controversies of Terry’s private life were numerous: elopement, cohabitation, single-motherhood, multiple marriages – two with significant age differences – yet she maintained the reputation of a thoroughly feminine woman of the age. Terry’s correspondence was both exuberant and extensive. Despite falling victim to selective destruction, the remaining letters provide a fascinating insight into the dynamics of the Victorian theatre, as well as the difficulties of life for a woman maintaining a successful public persona whilst raising two illegitimate children. The collection brings together material from across the world, and includes letters to many famous addressees – Bram Stoker and George Bernard Shaw among them – as well as many lesser- or unknown recipients who often get the best of Terry’s playful prose. Volume Three covers the period of Ellen Terry's correspondence with George Bernard Shaw. This volume recovers the full-text of Terry's letters, providing an insight into the editorial interventions of Christopher St John, who edited the Terry-Shaw Correspondence (1931).

Book Type Authored Book
Journal Pickering masters
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Book Title The collected letters of Ellen Terry. Vol. 3 1894-98
ISBN 978-1-85196-147-4
Institution Citation Cockin, K. The collected letters of Ellen Terry. Vol. 3 1894-98. The University of Hull
Keywords Letters, Performance, Theatre, Ellen Terry, George Bernard Shaw,
Downloadable Citations