Midwest Book Review – April, 2011
by Michael Foster and Barbara Foster
Lyons Press; $24.95, www.lyonspress.com
Some figures take control of the culture around them with a certain force that can’t be explained. “A Dangerous Woman: The Life, Loves, and Scandals of Adah Isaacs Menken, 1835-1868, America’s Original Superstar” delves into the story of Adah Isaacs Menken whose charm and beauty took control of much of American culture, fully embracing the development of the photograph and her place in America’s growing theatre and newspaper industries. Her story is one of how celebrity is not an invention of the twentieth century but has always been there. “A Dangerous Woman” is an exciting and insightful read of nineteenth century American culture and the impact of the Victorian era.