A Dangerous Woman
The Life, Loves, and Scandals of Adah Isaacs Menken, 1835-1868, America's Original Superstar
Publication Date: February 2011
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A major biography of a remarkable woman, A Dangerous Woman is must reading for those interested in women’s history, the roots of modern-day American Judaism, and African-American history.
Michael Foster is the author of the novel Freedom’s Thunder.
Barbara Foster is an associate professor at the City University of New York who specializes in women’s studies. The Fosters are the coauthors of Forbidden Journey and Three in Love.
Praise for A DANGEROUS WOMAN
The Fosters’ skillful narrative biography of nineteenth-century superstar Adah Menken captures the richness and complexity of this Civil War-era Jezebel, an archetypal American bad girl.”
Eve LaPlante, award-winning author of American Jezebel: The Uncommon Life of Anne Hutchinson, the Woman Who Defied the PuritansPraise for Adah Isaacs Menken
A magnificent spectacle dazzled my visionthe whole constellation of the Great Menken came flaming out of the heavens.” Mark Twain
Adah was the premier sight of the West, the Rockies a very poor second.” Life magazine
This is she . . . the world’s delight.” Algernon Swinburne
She is so lovely she numbs the mind and the senses reel.” New York Post
The inspired Deborah of her people.” Baron Lionel de Rothschild
Today’s Hollywood celebrities have nothing on the glamorous, scandalous, tragic and paradoxical Adah Isaacs Menken.” American Jewish Historical Society
Adah Menken was the most remarkable mingling of angel and devil.” Napoleon Sarony, the first celebrity photographer
To Sherlock Holmes she is always the woman. She eclipses and predominates the whole of her sex.” Arthur Conan Doyle on Irene Sadler, his character based on Menken
Praise for the Fosters’ FORBIDDEN JOURNEY: THE LIFE OF ALEXANDRA DAVID-NEEL and THE SECRET LIVES OF ALEXANDRA DAVID-NEEL
Hers was a great human life, very well written up in Forbidden Journey.’... Surely this biography will provoke even more interest.” The New York Times Book Review
A fascinating account of the life and exploits of the brilliant 20th century Frenchwoman who became the first European female to enter the holy city of Lhasa.” Harper’s Bazaar
Blakean imagery in Alexandra David-Neel’s Magic and Mystery in Tibet magnetized me toward Buddhist meditation. Now, her own vast sacred life record is happily accessible.” Allen Ginsberg