“The Fosters’ skillful narrative biography of nineteenth-century superstar Adah Menken captures the richness and complexity of this Civil War-era Jezebel, an archetypal American bad girl.”
—Eve LaPlante, award-winning author of American Jezebel: The Uncommon Life of Anne Hutchinson, the Woman Who Defied the Puritans
“A magnificent spectacle dazzled my vision—the whole constellation of the Great Menken came flaming out of the heavens.” —Mark Twain
“Adah was the premier sight of the West, the Rockies a very poor second.” —Life magazine
“This is she . . . the world’s delight.” —Algernon Swinburne
“She is so lovely she numbs the mind and the senses reel.” —New York Post
“The inspired Deborah of her people.” —Baron Lionel de Rothschild
“Today’s Hollywood celebrities have nothing on the glamorous, scandalous, tragic and paradoxical Adah Isaacs Menken.” — American Jewish Historical Society
“Adah Menken was the most remarkable mingling of angel and devil.” — Napoleon Sarony, the first celebrity photographer
“To Sherlock Holmes she is always the woman. She eclipses and predominates the whole of her sex.” — Arthur Conan Doyle on Irene Sadler, his character based on Menken
Had never heard of this fascinating person before. So much for fame.
She had quite a life and worked hard to make something of herself.
Highly talented. Read more
As a student of the history and development of burlesque as an American performance art form, I was already aware of Adah Issacs Menken as a performer who stretched performance... Read morePublished on March 23, 2011 by Ed Barnas
Before there was Marilyn Monroe and Madonna, there was Adah Menken - the original American star of stage and scandal! Read morePublished on March 13, 2011 by Susan N. Horowitz
Wow. That was the best biography I've read in a while. I have special fondness for biographies of people who are completely unique individuals. Read morePublished on February 8, 2011 by Erik S.
This is a fascinating account of a fascinating woman who entertained the masses and influenced the important movers and shakers of her day. Don't miss it....Published on February 7, 2011 by Taosharon