The Lady Actress

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The Lady Actress (ISBN: 0615262503)
by Kelly S. Taylor, Ph.D.

“Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie, a mid-nineteenth century American author, public reader, playwright and actress, was a well-known and respected figure among her contemporaries in American literary and dramatic circles. Despite this, she is largely forgotten to modern theater lovers. In her day, she played to packed theaters and could number Edgar Allen Poe, David Henry Thoreau, and Ralph Waldo Emerson among her fans. Oral Interpretation scholars have called her the first “lady” elocutionist because she was the first female to enter the career of public reader without a previous career on the stage. In 1989, John Gentile, writing a history of prominent solo performers, credited her, along with famed actresses Fanny Kemble and Charlotte Cushman, with bringing to solo performance a level of prestige previously unknown in America. He claimed that they, as respectable women in a traditionally disrespected career, brought a respectability and an acceptance that allowed women of a later age to enjoy professional platform careers.1 Her brief career as a public reader inspired many imitators.”
Read Chapter 1: FASHIONED LADY: THE LIFE AND MANY CAREERS OF ANNA CORA MOWATT

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Anna Cora Mowat and interior design

“This magnificent piece could have been used over a mantelpiece or as a pier mirror. A fashionable young couple in New York debated this very topic in an 1845 novel, Evelyn: A Tale of Domestic Life by Anna Cora Mowatt, when they “had an animated conversation … concerning the arrangement of a large mirror which they had just purchased” for their handsome house. “‘We must have it placed over the mantel-piece,’ said Mr. Merritt. ‘I bought it exactly to fit there.’ ‘No, no,’ returned Evelyn. ‘I do not like glasses over mantel-pieces; it must be placed between the windows.’” After much discussion, the besotted husband “acknowledged himself conquered,” and his wife put the mirror where she wanted it.”
Classical Reflections: Recent Gifts from Richard T. Button, by Margaret Highland, Mansion Musings, July 27, 2018

Maybe this is more about marriage than decor.

Also,

“trumeau. Noun. (plural trumeaux) (architecture) The pillar or center post supporting the lintel in the middle of a doorway, especially in a church. A trumeau mirror.”
Trumeau

Anna Cora Mowatt books reissued!

Now available in print again!

Autobiography of an Actress
Or, Eight Years on the Stage
by Anna Cora Mowatt

Evelyn; Or a Heart Unmasked
A Tale of Domestic Life
by Anna Cora Mowatt

And under her FULL NAME:

Armand, or the Peer and the Peasant
A Play in Five Acts
by Anna Cora Ogden Mowatt Ritchie

Plays
by Anna Cora Ogden Mowatt Ritchie

Oh, and lest we forget, there’s a cast recording of the musical version of her play, “Fashion” (yes, it was on Broadway!)
Fashion
The High Style Musical Comedy!
from a play by Anna Cora Mowatt.
With Stars of TV’s “Different Strokes”, “The Bob Newhart Show”, “Private Benjamin” and “Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom Of The Opera”.
Starring: Elkin Antoniou, Mary Jo Catlett, Jenifer Chatfield, Frank Ferrante, Marjory Graue, Dale Kristien, Korna Patterson, Christina Saffran, Henrietta Valor and Marcia Wallace
Also, including selections from the musicals “The Contract” and “Castwaways” featuring Davis Gaines (Phantom Of The Opera) and Marie Barbara Santella

Anna Cora Mowatt’s “Fashion” the musical! (Really)

Here’s the cast recording of the musical version of her play, “Fashion” (yes, it was on Broadway!)
Fashion
The High Style Musical Comedy!
from a play by Anna Cora Mowatt.
With Stars of TV’s “Different Strokes”, “The Bob Newhart Show”, “Private Benjamin” and “Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom Of The Opera”.
Starring: Elkin Antoniou, Mary Jo Catlett, Jenifer Chatfield, Frank Ferrante, Marjory Graue, Dale Kristien, Korna Patterson, Christina Saffran, Henrietta Valor and Marcia Wallace
Also, including selections from the musicals “The Contract” and “Castwaways” featuring Davis Gaines (Phantom Of The Opera) and Marie Barbara Santella

Yay! Marsha Wallace! Carol the receptionist! Yay!

Theater of the United States

Among the best plays of the period are James Nelson Barker’s Superstition; or, the Fanatic Father , Anna Cora Mowatt‘s Fashion; or, Life in New York , Nathaniel Bannister’s Putnam, the Iron Son of ’76…
Source: Anna Cora Mowatt in the news

American literature

Among the best plays of the period are James Nelson Barker’s Superstition; or, the Fanatic Father , Anna Cora Mowatt‘s Fashion; or, Life in New York , Nathaniel Bannister’s Putnam, the Iron Son of ’76…
Source: Anna Cora Mowatt in the news

Edgar and Anna

“In June 1846 Edgar Allan Poe published a magazine profile, which was an expanded version of his previous review of Anna Cora Mowatt’s appearance in two plays at the Park Theatre in New York. His revised essay added appraisals of the actress’s well-known literary accomplishments.”
The Morning of the Débût, by Story of the Week, May 2, 2015

Story of the Week: The Morning of the Débût

The Morning of the DébûtAnna Cora Mowatt (1819–1870) The American Stage: Writing on Theater from … his previous assessment of Anna Cora Mowatt’s appearance in two plays at the Park Theatre in New York…
Source: Anna Cora Mowatt in the news