Title: Man Who Lit Lady Liberty
The Extraordinary Rise and Fall of Actor M. B. Curtis
From Builders Booksource:
We've known Richard Schwartz forever! He is a well-known local historian (and Earthquake Retrofit Contractor!) who has written numerous books about Berkeley’s characters. Now he may have discovered one of the most colorful people to have ever lived in Berkeley: the world-famous actor M.B. Curtis. After 20 years of research, Schwartz has published The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty: The Extraordinary Rise and Fall of Actor M.B. Curtis.
From the Publisher:
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.
307 pages, Cloth bound, RSB Books April 2017
Author: Richard Schwartz
Local(SF Bay Area),
Our Price: $29.95
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