Ophelia's Fan by Christine Balint
A Novel

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In a fictional account of the life of the woman who brought Shakespeare to the French, Harriet Smithson grows up under the care of an elderly priest, debuts with the English Theatre troupe, and captures the heart of composer Hector Berlioz.

About Christine Balint

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Christine Balint, born in Melbourne in 1975, teaches writing at the Victorian College of the Arts. Her work has appeared in "Australian Short Stories".
Published August 1, 2004 by Allen & Unwin. 348 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs. Fiction

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There’s no evident artistic reason why the author chooses to alternate among these letters, third-person chapters, Harriet’s own account of her life, and purported first-person monologues by Desdemona, Anne Boleyn and Harriet’s other famous roles;

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In her atmospheric second novel, Balint (The Salt Letters ) fictionalizes the meteoric rise of Harriet Smithson, a real 19th-century actress who, like her parents, was "called" to the stage from an early age.

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