The Journal of Frances Anne Butler, Better Known as Fanny Kemble, 2 Volumes 1st Edition, 1835. RARE SET OF ANTIQUE BOOKS. Frances Anne "Fanny" Kemble (27 November 1809 - 15 January 1893) was a notable British actress from a theatre family in the early and mid-19th century.She was a well-known and popular writer, whose published works included plays, poetry, eleven volumes of memoirs, travel writing and works about the theatre. In 1834, Kemble married an American, Pierce Mease Butler, grandson of U. Senator Pierce Butler, whom she had met on an American acting tour with her father in 1832. After living in Philadelphia for a time, Butler became heir to the cotton, tobacco and rice plantations of his grandfather on Butler Island, just south of Darien, Georgia, and to the hundreds of slaves who worked them. He made trips to the plantations during the early years of their marriage, but never took Kemble or their children with him. Butler disapproved of Kemble's outspokenness, forbidding her to publish. Butler filed for a divorce in 1847, after they had been separated for some time, citing abandonment and misdeed by Kemble. It has become her best-known work in the United States: she published several other volumes of journals. She lived in London and was active in society, befriending the writer Henry James.
In 2000, Harvard University Press published an edited compilation from her journals. These included Record of a Girlhood (1878) and Records of Later Life (1882). PHOTOS ARE OF THE BOOK THAT IS FOR SALE! This item is in the category "Books & Magazines\Antiquarian & Collectible".
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