Ira Aldridge

Ira Aldridge

Ira Aldridge: The Early Years, 1807-1833 chronicles the rise of one of the modern world's first black classical actors, as he ascended from an impoverished childhood in New York City to a career as a celebrated thespian on the British stage.

After a successful debut in London in 1825, Aldridge began touring the British provinces, billing himself grandiloquently as the "African Roscius," and attracting crowds with his powerful presence and style. He received accolades… (more)

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Publisher: University of Rochester Press (October 30, 2011)

Collection: Rochester Studies in African History and the Diaspora

Page count: 402 pages

Language: English

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