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Janice Norwood

Short biographies Alice Marriott (1824–1900) a tragedienne, best remembered for performances as Hamlet but in a long career also managed two London theatres – the Standard and Sadler’s Wells. Early career spent in Liverpool. Toured North America in 1869–70. Worked in Henry Irving and John MartinHarvey’s companies as an older performer. Professionally known as ‘Miss Marriott’, she was married to theatre manager Robert Edgar and produced three children. Emily Eliza Sanders (1832–75), daughter of actor John Sa(u)nders of Adelphi, specialised in burlesque roles

in Victorian touring actresses
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Geoffrey K. Roberts and Patricia Hogwood

de Valera, Eammon Waldheim, Kurt Wehner, Herbert von Weizsäcker, Richard Wilson, Harold Wörner, Manfred Biographies Related entries are listed at the end of an entry by ‘[See also: …]’. An asterisk indicates a cross-reference to

in The politics today companion to West European Politics
Rosemary O’Day

4035 The debate.qxd:- 9/12/13 08:37 Page 278 9 The place of the Reformation in modern biography, fiction and the media Introduction Where does the general public acquire its knowledge of the English Reformation? From the writings of such as A.G. Dickens, Christopher Haigh, Patrick Collinson, Felicity Heal, Peter Marshall, Susan Brigden or Rosemary O’Day? I think not. The names of such novelists as Jean Plaidy, Margaret Campbell Barnes, Margaret Irwin, Philippa Gregory, Hilary Mantel, such actors and actresses as Richard Burton, Keith Michell, Paul Scofield

in The Debate on the English Reformation
Isabel Rivers
Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
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Biographical Dispatches on a Freedom Writer
Phillip Luke Sinitiere

This essay presents the idea of James Baldwin as a freedom writer, the organizing idea of my biography in progress. As a freedom writer, Baldwin was a revolutionary intellectual, an essayist and novelist committed unfailingly to the realization of racial justice, interracial political equality, and economic democracy. While the book is still in process, this short essay narrates autobiographically how I came to meet and know Baldwin’s work, explains in critical fashion my work in relation to existing biographies, and reflects interpretively my thoughts-in- progress on this fascinating and captivating figure of immense historical and social consequence.

James Baldwin Review
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Poppy Z. Brite, Courtney Love and Gothic Biography
Trevor Holmes

Gothic horror author Poppy Z. Brite wrote a biography of former Hole singer Courtney Love in 1997. What seemed an odd departure for the former actually took advantage of the Gothic valences in the latter‘s life and depictions in popular culture. The narrative gothicises Love‘s story while simultaneously repudiating and relying on Goth subculture for some of its legitimacy. This articulation of gothic literary form with Goth popular culture constitutes one traversal of Brite‘s text. Using concepts from Deleuze and Guattaris work, the essays reading of Courtney Love‘s biography is one plateau among others in an ongoing study of what I call ‘minoritarian gothic’ in popular and literary culture.

Gothic Studies
David Punter and Alan Bissett

Francis Lathom was a novelist and playwright, well-known in his lifetime, but whose reputation died with him. He is best known today for his novel The Midnight Bell (1798) which formed part of the Gothic reading material on which Jane Austen‘s Northanger Abbey is founded. Lathom is described as a second or third rank Gothicist, who also wrote novels dealing with upper-class social life. This article begins with a brief biography, collated from a series of ‘facts’ that have survived about Lathom. The article debates and queries these received facts. Was he from an aristocratic family? Why did he move from Norwich to reside in a series of small Scottish villages? His life is itself considered as a narrative construct that has been amended and has accreted layers of rumour through time. The combination of secrecy and display which seem to characterise his life are the same as those found in Gothic fiction itself. These themes are explored in The Midnight Bell. A plot summary is followed with an examination of the connections between the narrative of the book and the narrative of the life of Francis Lathom.

Gothic Studies
Lynn Orilla Scott

James Baldwin criticism from 2001 through 2010 is marked by an increased appreciation for Baldwin’s entire oeuvre including his writing after the mid 1960s. The question of his artistic decline remains debated, but more scholars find a greater consistency and power in Baldwin’s later work than previous scholars had found. A group of dedicated Baldwin scholars emerged during this period and have continued to host regular international conferences. The application of new and diverse critical lenses—including cultural studies, political theory, religious studies, and black queer theory—contributed to more complex readings of Baldwin’s texts. Historical and legal approaches re-assessed Baldwin’s relationship to the Civil Rights and Black Power movements and new material emerged on Baldwin’s decade in Turkey. Some historical perspective gave many critics a more nuanced approach to the old “art” vs. “politics” debate as it surfaced in Baldwin’s initial reception, many now finding Baldwin’s “angry” work to be more “relevant” than “out of touch” as it was thought of during his lifetime. In the first decade of the new millennium, three books of new primary source material, a new biography, four books of literary criticism, three edited collections of critical essays, two special issues of journals and numerous book chapters and articles were published, marking a significant increase not only in the quantity, but the quality of Baldwin criticism.

James Baldwin Review