'In this lively and engaging study, Virginia Scott examines the careers of actresses in France from the late sixteenth to the early eighteenth centuries, placing them firmly in their social and artistic context. Refreshingly, she eschews anecdotal evidence, thereby providing us, perhaps for the first time, with an unbiased and even-handed account of her subjects' lives and work, but which nonetheless explores the fascination these first celebrities have exercised on audiences and critics both then and since.' Professor Jan Clarke, Durham University
'This enjoyable book combines scholarship with readability and makes a very significant contribution to the field of seventeenth and eighteenth-century theatrical studies.' Restoration and Eighteenth-century Theatre Research
Virginia Scott is Professor Emerita in the Department of Theater, University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She specializes in Commedia dell'arte and French theatre of the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries. Her books include The Commedia dell'arte in Paris, which won the George Freedley award, and Molière: A Theatrical Life. Professor Scott is also a dramaturge, playwright, actor, and director.