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Elizabeth Robins 1862-1952: Actress, Novelist, Feminist

Jacket Cover, Elizabeth Robins

Drawing from many unpublished sources, especially Robins' diaries and letters housed in the Fales Collection, New York University, the public and the private Elizabeth Robins emerges as a complex women, driven by family loyalty and a drive to improve the fortunes of her father's generation. She labeled herself "I was born in the superlative" in a letter justifying her pursuit of acting as a profession. Yet when she faced disappointments, she pivoted to authorship, at first publishing anonymously and under a pseudonym.