The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty - book - $15

The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty: The Extraordinary Rise and Fall of Actor M. B. Curtis by Richard Schwartz. From goodreads: As the Statue of Liberty stood unlit and unloved by American politicians in 1886, one of her saviors was creating a theatrical sensation at New York's Fourteenth Street Theatre. Actor M. B. Curtis, who had achieved overnight success in Sam'l of Posen, a groundbreaking play that transcended the common stereotypes of Jewish characters current at the time, was basking in public accolades at every curtain call, when he came to Lady Liberty's aid. The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty rescues M. B. Curtis's story from the dusty archives of forgotten history and reexamines an actor whose creativity and cultural influence still resonate today.

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