Sarah Bernhardt | Critical Essay by Max Beerbohm

This literature criticism consists of approximately 5 pages of analysis & critique of Sarah Bernhardt.
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Critical Essay by Max Beerbohm

SOURCE: "Sarah," in Around Theatres, Rupert Hart-Davis, July 9, 1904, pp. 331-3.

In the following essay, originally published in 1904, Beerbohm praises Bernhardt's later work, considering her an important cultural institution in her older age.

It is our instinct to revere old age. In this reverence, if we analyse it, we find two constituent emotions—the emotion of pity, and the emotion of envy. Opposite though they are, both are caused by one thing. It is sad that so brief a span remains, but it must be delightful to have accomplished so long a span. Any moment may be our last. A flash of lightning, a side-slip, a falling brick—always some imprevisible chance that may precipitate us into the unknown. And how foolish we should look then—we with so little to our account! Certainly, it is enviable to...

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