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Life As a Tarantella: A Memoir

ByJill D. Sweet

This memoir describes the life and times of the author’s mother, Barbara Adams Stephens, a Broadway dancer and stage-manager in the 1930s. Barbara’s story is a classic feminist tale. It is also a narrative of resilience. Barbara was an only child, born in Toronto, Canada in 1915. Her mother, Ethel was a want-to-be Bohemian artist and her father, Stanley was a professional singer. Neither parent concentrated on raising Barbara. It was after Ethel took her daughter with her to Paris in the 1920s that Barbara learned her parents were getting divorced. It was also in Paris that Ethel enrolled Barbara in a Catholic boarding school run by nuns. This gave Ethel freedom from parenting, but it was also the most miserable period of Barbara’s life. She was the only American student. No one spoke English. She quickly learned to speak French, but until she stressed her ties to Canada rather than America, no one befriended her.

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Publication Date
May 14, 2015
Language
English
ISBN
9781483430225
Category
Biographies & Memoirs
Copyright
All Rights Reserved - Standard Copyright License
Contributors
By (author): Jill D. Sweet

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Format
EPUB

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