Sarah Bernhardt | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by William Dean Howells

This literature criticism consists of approximately 9 pages of analysis & critique of Sarah Bernhardt.
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Critical Essay by William Dean Howells

SOURCE: "A She Hamlet," in Literature and Life, Kennikat Press, Inc., 1968, pp.

In the following essay, Howells offers a negative review of Bernhardt's Hamlet, arguing that a woman in the title role is a perversion of the integrity of the drama.

The other night as I sat before the curtain of the Garden Theatre and waited for it to rise upon the Hamlet of Mme. Bernhardt, a thrill of the rich expectation which cannot fail to precede the rise of any curtain upon any Hamlet passed through my eager frame. There is, indeed, no scene of drama which is of a finer horror (eighteenth-century horror) than that which opens the great tragedy. The sentry pacing up and down upon the platform at Elsinore under the winter night; the greeting between him and the comrade arriving to relieve...

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