The House of Barrymore Audiobook, by Margot Peters Play Audiobook Sample

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Author: Margot Peters Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781483077185

Publisher Description

This epic family biography begins in the 1860s with Louisa Drew, the greatest comedienne of her time, mother of the brilliant Georgiana Drew Barrymore and mother-in-law of the vaudeville star and matinee idol Maurice Barrymore. But it is the children of Georgie and Maurice who are the heart of the book: Ethel, Lionel, and John, the most extraordinary members of an extraordinary family. We see Ethel’s sensational social and stage debuts in London and on Broadway; her struggle with alcohol, debt, and damaged reputation; and her spectacular comeback in The Corn is Green. We see John’s vault to fame in Shakespearean stage roles and his triumphant move to the screen before succumbing to the “Barrymore curse” of addiction to alcohol. And we see the steadier Lionel pursuing his talents in painting and composing before finally capitulating to the family tradition. We see both the price and the privileges of their extraordinary fame; and finally, with the death of Ethel, the decline of America’s first family of acting.

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  • “[The House of Barrymore] captures some of the Barrymore magic.”

    - Publishers Weekly
  • “Peters has made an outstanding contribution to the history of the American theater in her thoroughly readable account of three of its most illustrious artists.”

    - Library Journal


  • Winner of the 1991 Ambassador Book Award for American Arts & Letters

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  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " All about the acting family-a dry read. "

    - Linda, 9/19/2010

About the Author

Margot Peters has been a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin and holds a PhD in Victorian literature. She is the author of Charlotte Brontë: Style in the Novel; Unquiet Soul: A Biography of Charlotte Brontë; Bernard Shaw and the Actresses; The House of Barrymore; and Mrs. Pat: The Life of Mrs. Patrick Campbell. She lives in Lake Mills, Wisconsin.

About the Narrator

Wanda McCaddon (a.k.a. Nadia May or Donada Peters) has narrated well over six hundred titles for major audiobook publishers, has earned numerous Earphones Awards, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.