Patrick Carnegy, 30 December 1982
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Cambridge, 216 pp., £12.95, September 1982, 0 521 24421 8Show More
Mazeppa: The Lives, Loves and Legends of Adah Isaacs Menken by Wolf Mankowitz.
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“... classes in English, but although he became a fluent reader, he learnt to speak it, according to David Cairns, no more than ‘tolerably well’). The idée fixe had been nourished by the actress’s total identification with her roles – ‘the Juliet, the Ophelia for whom my heart is searching’: now it must have been sustained by less exalted ...”