Strange Eventful History, A: The Dramatic Lives of Ellen Terry, Henry Irving and their Remarkable Families

Michael Holroyd


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Henry Irving – a merchant’s clerk who became the saviour of British theatre – and Ellen Terry, who made her first theatre appearance as soon as she could walk, were the king and queen of the Victorian stage.

About The Author

Besides the biographies of Augustus John, Bernard Shaw and Lytton Strachey (which was filmed as Carrington), Michael Holroyd has written two volumes of memoirs, Basil Street Blues and Mosaic. He was president of the Royal Society of Literature from 2003 – 2008 and is the only non-fiction writer to have been awarded the British Literature Prize. He lives in London and Somerset with his wife, the novelist Margaret Drabble.

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Weight 729 g
Dimensions 216 × 135 × 48 mm



Vintage Publishing

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Michael Holroyd