Sarah Bernhardt Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)


Agate, May. Madame Sarah. London and Edinburgh: Home & Van Thal, Ltd., 1945, 223 p.

Biography of Bernhardt by an English actress trained by her; includes personal reflections of time spent with Bernhardt.

Baring, Maurice. Sarah Bernhardt. New York and London: D. Appleton-Century Company, Inc., 1934, 163 p.

Personal reflections on Bernhardt's life and work.

Brandon, Ruth. Being Divine: A Biography of Sarah Bernhardt. London: Secker & Warburg, 1991, 466 p.

Biography that seeks to analyze the wider impact of the "phenomenon" of Sarah Bernhardt on acting, popular culture, and the changing place of women in society.

Emboden, William. Sarah Bernhardt. New York: Macmillan Publishing Co., Inc., 1975, 176 p.

Biography of Bernhardt that includes an introduction by Sir John Gielgud.

Gold, Arthur, and Robert Fizdale. The Divine Sarah: A Life of Sarah Bernhardt. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1991, 352 p.

Biography of Bernhardt focusing on the spell she was able to cast on her audiences and the impression she created of herself.

Richardson, Joanna. Sarah Bernhardt and Her World. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1977, 232 p.

Biography that examines the "cult and legend" of Bernhardt.

Verneuil, Louis. The Fabulous Life of Sarah Bernhardt. Translated by Ernest Boyd. New York and London: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1942, 312 p.

Biography of Bernhardt by her friend and fellow actor.


Beerbohm, Max. "Incomparables Compared." In Around Theatres, pp. 201-205. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1930

Compares the acting craft of three early twentieth-century stage actresses: Sada Yacco, Réjane, and Bernhardt.

Isherwood, Christopher. "Vivekananda and Sarah Bernhardt." In Vedanta for the Western World, pp. 268-72. London: George Allen & Unwin, Ltd., 1948.

Recounts a meeting between the Indian mystic Swamiji Vivekananda and Bernhardt.

MacCarthy, Desmond. "Duse and Bernhardt." In Theatre, pp. 157-59. London: MacGibbon & Kee, 1954.

Contrasts the acting techniques of Eleonora Duse and Bernhardt.

Stokes, John; Michael R. Booth; and Susan Bassnett. Bernhardt, Terry, Duse. The Actress in Her Time. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1988, 192 p.

Examines the professional lives of Bernhardt, Ellen Terry, and Eleonora Duse.

Taranow, Gerda. Sarah Bernhardt: The Art within the Legend. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1972, 287 p.

Attempts to separate Bernhardt's art and acting technique from her life and legend, focusing on her training and "histrionic theory."

Additional coverage of Bernhardt's life and career is contained in the following source published by Gale Research: Contemporary Authors, Vol. 157.