Books Should Be Free
Loyal Books
Free Public Domain Audiobooks & eBook Downloads
Search by: Title, Author or Keyword

A Star for a Night A Story of Stage Life   By:

A Star for a Night A Story of Stage Life by Elsie Janis

A Star for a Night is a captivating memoir by Elsie Janis that takes readers on a behind-the-scenes journey of the glamorous yet challenging world of stage life. Janis, a talented entertainer herself, offers a personal and insightful account of her rise to stardom and the experiences she encountered along the way.

One of the highlights of this book is Janis' ability to vividly transport readers into the dazzling world of theater during the early 20th century. Her descriptions of the bustling backstage preparations, the charismatic cast of characters, and the adrenaline-filled moments before stepping onto the stage are incredibly immersive. As I read, I could almost hear the lively chatter of actors, smell the intoxicating mix of dust, greasepaint, and laughter, and feel the electric excitement of the crowd.

Moreover, Janis's writing style is engaging and conversational, making it easy to connect with her as a reader. She shares her journey with honesty and humility, underscoring the challenges she faced and the sacrifices she made for her career. Through her anecdotes and personal reflections, Janis provides a raw and authentic glimpse into the world of show business, debunking the notion of overnight success and shedding light on the often grueling path to stardom.

In addition to the captivating storytelling, A Star for a Night also offers valuable insights into the personal aspects of Janis's life. She speaks candidly about the impact of her profession on her relationships, the constant struggle for work-life balance, and the toll it took on her health. These moments of vulnerability add depth and humanity to her narrative, allowing readers to see beyond the glitz and glamour and glimpse the rewards and sacrifices of a life in the limelight.

While the book primarily focuses on Janis's personal experiences, it also offers glimpses into the larger historical context of the theater industry during that time. From the impact of World War I on entertainers to the changing tastes of audiences, Janis effectively weaves in historical anecdotes that enrich the overall narrative and provide a broader understanding of the era.

However, one minor drawback of the book is that at times, it delves into excessive detail about certain performances or events, which may be overwhelming for readers who are not well-versed in the world of theater. Nonetheless, this doesn't detract significantly from the overall enjoyment of the memoir.

In conclusion, A Star for a Night is a captivating and engaging memoir that offers readers a firsthand account of the ups and downs of a life in the stage. Elsie Janis's storytelling prowess, combined with her honest and relatable perspective, makes this book a must-read for anyone interested in the world of theater, both past and present. Whether you're a fan of Janis's work or simply curious about the trials and triumphs of show business, this memoir is sure to delight and inspire.

First Page:

[Illustration: ELSIE JANIS IN A FEW OF HER CHARACTERIZATIONS.]

A STAR FOR A NIGHT

A STORY OF STAGE LIFE

BY

ELSIE JANIS

WITH PICTURES FROM THE PLAY TAKEN ESPECIALLY FOR THE BOOK

[Illustration]

NEW YORK

WILLIAM RICKEY & COMPANY

1911

Copyright, 1911, by BRUCE EDWARDS

Copyright, 1911, by WILLIAM RICKEY & COMPANY

Registered at Stationers' Hall, London (All Rights Reserved)

Printed in the United States of America

PRESS OF WILLIAM G. HEWITT, BROOKLYN, N. Y.

To My Mother

ORIGINAL CAST

OF

A STAR FOR A NIGHT

Produced at Charles Dillingham's Globe Theatre, New York

"MARKY" ZINSHEIMER Mr. Joseph Cawthorn MRS. BLACKMAN} Guests at { Miss Jane Bliss MRS. GILDAY } the { Miss Pauline Hathaway MRS. MARTIN } Claypool { Miss Josephine Lachmar MRS. CARLIN } Hotel { Miss Henrietta Pouts BELL BOY Mr. Al Stuart MRS. DAINTON Miss Harriet Sterling VICTOR WELDON Mr. Ralph Nairn SANFORD GORDON Mr. Stanley H. Forde FELICE } Mrs. Dainton's { Miss Josephine Kernell MURRAY } servants { Mr. Jack Sullivan FLOSSIE FORSYTHE Miss Elizabeth Brice MRS. KILPATRICK Miss Margaret King MARTHA FARNUM Miss Elsie Janis "PINKIE" LEXINGTON Miss Julia Frary GEORGE CLAYTON Mr... Continue reading book >>




eBook Downloads
ePUB eBook
• iBooks for iPhone and iPad
• Nook
• Sony Reader
Kindle eBook
• Mobi file format for Kindle
Read eBook
• Load eBook in browser
Text File eBook
• Computers
• Windows
• Mac

Review this book



Popular Genres
More Genres
Languages
Paid Books