Saturday, September 18, 2010

The Original Diva-The Story of Sarah Bernhardt

This month the Yale University Press has released a new biography of Sarah Bernhardt, the first one published in English in decades, written by former Simon and Schuster editor in chief, Robert Gottlieb.  The biography is part of the Jewish Lives series which is a collaboration between the Yale University Press and the Leon D. Black Foundation, meant to highlight the influence of prominent Jewish figures throughout history on literature, religion, philosophy, politics, cultural and economic life, and the arts and sciences.

Sarah Bernhardt is often thought of as the first modern star.  An actress who achieved great fame and was a master of self-marketing.  She managed her career in true modern sense getting endorsement and engaging in self-promotion.  She engaged in many public affairs and was brashly proud of her own illegitimacy as well as her son's  and her own Jewish heritage. She was also an early feminist and advocate against racism.

Click below for even more information about this exciting new biography:

New York Times Review

Book website at Yale University Press


  1. Thank you for keeing us updated on the release of a very important Biograhpy. It is always very interesting to read about Stars that have made their own way and to see where it takes them. I am a new follower from book blogs, I hope you get a chance to stop by at

  2. No problem, I love hearing about new and different books, so I thought others would to. I'll definitely stop by your blog soon too!