Maud Beerbohm Tree
Lady of the Stage

Susana Cory-Wright

Legenda (General Series)

Legenda

26 February 2018  •  212pp

ISBN: 978-1-781886-83-0 (hardback)  •  RRP £75, $99, €85

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Much has been written about Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree and his grandiose Shakespearean productions, but his equally flamboyant wife Maud, Lady Tree, has received less attention. Born in 1858, she was a working actress through a wide stretch of the history of British theatre, and a celebrity in her own right. Her first stage role was in 1883, she had starring roles in the silent films of the 1910s, and her final movie was released in 1936. Counting members of the aristocracy, politicians, artists and playwrights among her vast network of friends, Maud was also a manager, a director, a mother, a long-suffering wife, a charity worker, a radio broadcaster, and a political campaigner. Subservient to no-one, she nevertheless spoke out passionately against votes for women. Against the glittering backdrop of Her Majesty’s Theatre, with its back-stabbing leading ladies and posturing actors, Maud emerges as a woman of consequence on a much wider stage.

Susana Cory-Wright has a PhD from de Montfort University and has written on Edwardian theatre.

Reviews:

  • ‘This is a beautifully presented work, with an attractive cover and illustrations... There is much emphasis upon the personal life and career of Maud, but the book is also good on the sociopolitical changes taking place in the theatre at this time, and on the role of women in society.’ — unsigned notice, The Year's Work in English Studies 98.1, 2019, 657-58

Contents:

i-vi
Maud Beerbohm Tree: Maud Beerbohm Tree
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vii-viii
Table of Contents
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ix-ix
Acknowledgements
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List of Illustrations
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xi-xi
Notes On References
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xii-xiv
Introduction
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Chapter 1 Miss Hellen Maud Holt 1858–71
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Chapter 2 Miss Hellen Maud 1871–81
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20-27
Chapter 3 Mrs Beerbohm Tree 1882–87
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28-36
Chapter 4 Trees in Good Voice: the Red Lamp, 1887–90
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37-50
Chapter 5 Mrs Beerbohm Tree 1892
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51-62
Chapter 6 Mrs Tree, Sardou, Her Majesty’s Theatre, and Ibsen 1895-96
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63-66
Chapter 7 ‘That Brutus May Be A Little Missed’ 1898
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67-78
Chapter 8 Philanthropy and ‘the Absent-Minded Beggar’ 1899
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79-88
Chapter 9 Midsummer Revels 1900
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89-99
Chapter 10 Caesar’s Wife: Becoming A Wo-Manager 1901
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100-110
Chapter 11 Agrippina 1906
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111-116
Chapter 12 Paulina and A Fateful Winter’s Tale 1906
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117-131
Chapter 13 ‘Stand and Deliver’: Being Lady Tree 1907–13
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132-141
Chapter 14 Sir Herbert and Lady Tree 1914–16
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142-152
Chapter 15 Still Waters 1916
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153-159
Chapter 16 Herbert and I… 1917–20
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160-170
Chapter 17 Maud Helen Louise, Lady Tree Obe 1920–29
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171-178
Chapter 18 the Man Who Could Work Miracles 1931–37
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179-184
Appendix: List of Theatre Roles
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185-189
Bibliography
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190-198
Index
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Bibliography entry:

Cory-Wright, Susana, Maud Beerbohm Tree: Lady of the Stage (Cambridge: Legenda, 2018)

First footnote reference: 35 Maud Beerbohm Tree: Lady of the Stage, susana Cory-Wright (Cambridge: Legenda, 2018), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Cory-Wright, p. 47.

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Cory-Wright, Susana. 2018. Maud Beerbohm Tree: Lady of the Stage (Cambridge: Legenda)

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Example footnote reference: 35 Cory-Wright 2018: 21.

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