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Letters written by Frances Anne Kemble to Charles Sedgwick and his wife. The letters largely relate to personal matters.
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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Fanny Kemble letters; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Source of acquisition--Hazard, Mrs. Frederick R. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1930. Accession number--M-30.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 07/--/89.
Cataloged in January of 1955.
Encoded by Patricl Lawlor in January of 2001.
2010-02-15 Legacy finding aid created from Pro Cite.
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Frances Anne "Fanny" Kemble (27 November 1809 - 15 January 1893) was a celebrated actress, author and reader. Born in London she and her father Charles Kemble came to America in 1832 where she immediately achieved acclaim on the stage.
Despite her succcess as an actress she disliked acting and after her marriage she gave up the stage and lived on her husband's plantation in Georgia. The first-hand experience of slavey disgusted Kemble and she wrote about it in Journal of a Residence on a Georgia Plantation, 1863. After her divorce from her husband she supported herself by giving readings from Shakespeare in both America and England.
She took up residence in Lenox MA and turned it into a fashionable summer literary resort.