Sarah Bernhardt | Critical Essay by Lytton Strachey

This literature criticism consists of approximately 6 pages of analysis & critique of Sarah Bernhardt.
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SOURCE: "Sarah Berhardt," in Characters and Commentaries, Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1933, pp. 255-60.

In the following essay, originally published in 1923, Strachey comments on Bernhardt's natural genius for acting, noting that she did not necessarily understand either great drama or the craft of theatre, but was instead primarily concerned with her extraordinary ability to create and develop memorable characters.

There are many paradoxes in the art of acting. One of them—the discrepancy between the real feelings of the actor and those which he represents—was discussed by Diderot in a famous dialogue. Another—the singular divergence between the art of the stage and the art of the drama—was illustrated very completely by the career of Sarah Bernhardt.

It is clear that the primary business of the actor is to interpret the conception of the dramatist; but it is none the...

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