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The Resource "That furious lesbian" : the story of Mercedes de Acosta, Robert A. Schanke

"That furious lesbian" : the story of Mercedes de Acosta, Robert A. Schanke

Label
"That furious lesbian" : the story of Mercedes de Acosta
Title
"That furious lesbian"
Title remainder
the story of Mercedes de Acosta
Statement of responsibility
Robert A. Schanke
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "In the first book-length biography of Mercedes de Acosta, theater historian Robert A. Schanke adroitly mines lost archival materials and mixes in his own interviews with de Acosta's intimates to correct established myths and at last construct an accurate, detailed, and vibrant portrait of the flamboyantly uninhibited early-twentieth-century author, poet, and playwright."
  • "Born to wealthy Spanish immigrants, Mercedes de Acosta (1893-1968) lived in opulence and traveled in the same social circles as the Astors and Vanderbilts. She was introduced to the New York theater scene at an early age, and her dual loves of performance and of women informed every aspect of her life thereafter. De Acosta was notorious for walking the streets of New York in mannish pants, pointed shoes trimmed with buckles, a tricorn hat, and a cape. With her chalky white face, deep-set eyes, thin red lips, and jet black hair, de Acosta was labeled "Countess Dracula" by Tallulah Bankhead. And Alice B
  • Toklas's observation, "Say what you will about Mercedes, she's had the most important women in the twentieth century," was well justified, as her romantic conquests included such internationally renowned beauties as Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, and Isadora Duncan, as well as Alla Nazimova, Eva Le Gallienne, Tamara Karsavina, Pola Negri, and Ona Munson."
  • "Not merely a record of her personal life and infamous romances, this account offers the first analysis of de Acosta's complete oeuvre, including three volumes of poetry, two novels, two film scripts, and a dozen plays. Although only two of her plays were ever published during her lifetime, four of them were produced, featuring such stage luminaries as John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson, and Eva Le Gallienne. When she published her first volume of poetry, Moods, in 1919, critics praised her achievements and predicted her rise to literary fame. Unfortunately, the love of other women that fueled her writing also limited her opportunities to fulfill this destiny. Failing to achieve any lasting fame, she died in relative poverty at the age of seventy-five."
  • "Aided by twenty-seven photographs, Schanke establishes Mercedes de Acosta's rightful place as a pioneer - and indeed a champion - in the early struggle for lesbian rights in this country. The famous portrayal of her as "that furious lesbian" should now be considered an admiring description rather than a scornful slur."--Jacket
Member of
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1940-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Schanke, Robert A.
Dewey number
  • 818/.5209
  • B
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • portraits
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
PS3501.C7
LC item number
Z87 2003
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Theater in the Americas
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Authors, American
  • Lesbians
  • Women and literature
  • Acosta, Mercedes de
Label
"That furious lesbian" : the story of Mercedes de Acosta, Robert A. Schanke
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 179-201) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Mother complex -- I will be lonely all my life -- Beauty she achieved -- Strange turmoil -- Love goes on -- Bound to blunder -- My beloved -- State of slavery -- There is no other way -- Looking over my shoulder for something else -- Just damned bewildered
Control code
50279934
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxv, 210 pages, 26 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780809325115
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2002011762
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits
Label
"That furious lesbian" : the story of Mercedes de Acosta, Robert A. Schanke
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 179-201) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Mother complex -- I will be lonely all my life -- Beauty she achieved -- Strange turmoil -- Love goes on -- Bound to blunder -- My beloved -- State of slavery -- There is no other way -- Looking over my shoulder for something else -- Just damned bewildered
Control code
50279934
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxv, 210 pages, 26 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780809325115
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2002011762
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, portraits

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