Sarah Bernhardt | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by George Bernard Shaw

This literature criticism consists of approximately 9 pages of analysis & critique of Sarah Bernhardt.
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Critical Essay by George Bernard Shaw

SOURCE: "Our Theatres in the Nineties: Duse and Bernhardt," in Selected Prose, selected by Diarmuid Russell, Dodd, Mead & Company, March, 1952, pp. 426-32.

In the following essay, originally published in 1895, Shaw contrasts performances of Bernhardt with those of Italian actress Eleonora Duse.

Mr William Archer's defence of the dramatic critics against Mr Street's indictment of them for their indifference to acting appears to be falling through. Mr Archer pleads that whereas Hazlitt and Leigh Hunt had frequent opportunities of comparing ambitious actors in famous parts, the modern dramatic critic spends his life in contemplating "good acting plays" without any real people in them, and performers who do not create or interpret characters, but simply lend their pretty or popular persons, for a consideration, to fill up the parts. Mr Archer might have added...

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