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The collected letters of Ellen Terry. Vol.1, 1865-1888

Cockin, Katharine

Authors

Katharine Cockin K.M.Cockin@hull.ac.uk



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.

Citation

(2010). The collected letters of Ellen Terry. Vol.1, 1865-1888

Book Type Edited Book
Acceptance Date Jan 1, 2010
Publication Date Jan 1, 2010
Publicly Available Date
Pages -
ISBN 978-1-85196-145-0
Keywords Letters;Correspondence;Ellen Terry;Theatre;Henry Irving;
Public URL https://hull-repository.worktribe.com/output/396354