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The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty - by Richard Schwartz (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 320

Genre: Biography + Autobiography

Sub-Genre: Entertainment & Performing Arts

Format: Paperback

Publisher: RSB Books

Author: Richard Schwartz

Language: English

Street Date: August 6, 2019
TCIN: 76617003
UPC: 9780967820460
Item Number (DPCI): 248-77-8110

Description

Independent Publisher Book Awards 2018, Bronze Medal Winner - Biography

As the Statue of Liberty stood unlit and unloved by American politicians in 1886, one of her saviors was creating a theatrical sensation at New York's Fourteenth Street Theatre. Actor M. B. Curtis, who had achieved overnight success in Sam'l of Posen, a groundbreaking play that transcended the common stereotypes of Jewish characters current at the time, was basking in public accolades at every curtain call when he came to Lady Liberty's aid. Curtis's rise to the top of his profession and his resulting fall from grace is a dramatic arc that rivals anything created for the stage. Actor, producer, real estate developer, promoter, hotelier, benefactor, and murder suspect, Curtis reached the highs of celebrity and fame as well as the lows of failure, illness, and a faltering career. The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty rescues his story from the dusty archives of forgotten history and reexamines an actor whose creativity and cultural influence still resonate today.

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