AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF AN ACTRESS; OR, EIGHT YEARS ON THE STAGE.

Mowatt, Anna Cora.

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Boston: Tichnor, Reed, and Fields, 1854. Engraved frontispiece + 448 pages. With eight pages of book ads at rear. 8vo, embossed green cloth; spine sun bleached; head of spine chipped. With the binders label for Bradley & Co., Boston. (Item ID: 421)

Originally published the previous year, this copy is called the "Thirteenth Thousand." Mowatt was a prolific writer for the periodicals and the stage. In 1845 she produced her most important and imaginative work, a play entitled FASHION: OR, LIFE IN NEW YORK. Following successful performances, Mrs. Mowatt received flattering invitations from managers to go on the stage. So started her eight years of acting, often opposite the actor, E.L. Davenport.

After a European tour, and some illness, she devoted some months in 1853 to writing her autobiography, which was quite popular and had a large sale. "It is facile and vivacious in style, idealistic in tone, and gives vivid glimpses into the life and theatre of the day." -DAB.



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