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Athenaeum, Cushman Mentions, Jan-June 1845 (Vol. 1)

1845. Athenaeum v.1 - Omeka.pdf
Excerpts from the Athenaeum issues from the first half of 1845, which mention Charlotte Cushman;The passage praise Cushman as a versatile genius on stage despite at times gender-bending practices. The first volume of 1845 shows how the British press…

"The Theatres", Era, Jan 4, 1846

1846. The Era. Romeo Performance.pdf
This is a long, detailed review of Charlotte and Susan Cushman's performance of Romeo and Julietat the Haymarket Theatre in London. The review contains high praise of Charlotte Cushman and her talents as an actress and the Cushman sisters' appearance…

"Theatre Royal", Freeman's Journal, Mar 17, 1846

1846. Freemans Journal. Masculine Features.pdf
This article reviews Charlotte Cushman's performance as Lady Macbeth. She is praised for her powerful interpretation of the character compared to the rather "feminine" portrayals from other contemporary actresses. However, the article states that…

Howitt's The Miss Cushmans (1846)

1846. People's Journal. NYPL Stead Article. Howitt about Cushmans.pdf
In this biographical article, Mary Howitt recounts events from Charlotte Cushman's life and emphasizes her personal virtues, her talent on stage and the struggles she faced in her career. She describes Cushman's long and painful struggle to success,…

Wemyss's Twenty-Six Years of the Life of an Actor and Manager (1847)

Wemyss (1847)_Twenty-six years of the life of an actor and manager - Omeka excerpt.pdf
Francis Courtney Wemyss is an actor and theater manager. The entry for Cushman envisions her as a business woman that cleverly paved her way to success by acquiring knowledge about the profession of an actress and the respective people involved in…

Criticism of Cushman's Performance as Romeo, May 29, 1847

1847. Fletcher_ Studies of Shakespeare.pdf
Article or chapter that is dismissive of the Cushman sisters performing Romeo and Juliet; The article describes the 1845 performance as "disgustingly monstrous grossness of such a perversion" by the "transatlantic sisters." Without mentioning their…

"Miss Charlotte Cushman," Gleason's Pictorial Drawing Room Companion [1851]

1851. Gleasons Pictorial Drawing Room Companion - taken from NYPL T. Walsh Coll. CC Misc.pdf
The article traces Cushman's rise to success in Euope, mentioning her tours with Macready and the social circle she has formed: "In private life, she has won many warm and influential friends. Among the British aristocracy, her purity of diction and…

"MISS CUSHMAN IN MALE ATTIRE", Illustrated American News, Aug 9, 1851.

1851. Illustrated American News. Cushman in Male Attire.pdf
This article reports on Charlotte Cushman donning a male attire and going about her daily activities during her vacation at the Saut, in Ste Marie Hotel. It also states her decision to wear men's clothing for the rest of her life. Credit EBSCO…

"California", Jackson's Oxford Journal, Aug 30, 1851

1851. Jacksons Oxford Journal. Rumor Male Attire.pdf
This is a short entry under news from America reports on the rumours that Charlotte Cushman has "adopted male attire" permanently. Credit The British Library Newspapers,Gale Digital Collections

Letter from Elizabeth Barret Browning to Isa Blagden, Feb 13, 1853

Elizabeth Browning recounts her first encounter with Charlotte Cushman, who was with Matilda Hays, at that time. Browning liked both of them very much: "I particularly liked Miss Cushman—& I liked, too, Miss Hayes who was with her, though…