At Freddie's

At Freddie's

Book - 1985
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"Freddie's" is the familiar name of the Temple Stage School, which supplies London's West End theaters with child actors for everything from Shakespeare to musicals to the Christmas pantomime. Its proprietress, Freddie Wentworth, is a formidable woman of unknown age and murky background who brings anyone she encounters under her spell -- so common an occurrence that it is known as "being Freddied." At her school, we meet dour Pierce, a teacher hopelessly smitten with enchanting Hannah; Jonathan, a child actor of great promise, and his slick rival Mattie; and Joey Blatt, who has wicked plans to rescue Freddie's from insolvency. Up to its surprising conclusion, At Freddie's is thoroughly beguiling.
Publisher: Boston : D.R. Godine, 1985, c1982
ISBN: 9780879234393
0879234393
Call Number: F Fitzgera
Characteristics: 213 p. ; 20 cm

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Jun 19, 2014

Penelope Fitzgerald is a fascinating writer -- read Hermione Lee's biography to appreciate her amazing life and art. While she was at Cambridge in the 1930's Tolkien was one of her professors. Her uncle worked on the machine that solved the top secret codes of the Germans in World War II and her father was an editor of Punch magazine. She kept her family going through sheer hard work and determination and all her children made it to university. And she also managed to produce fascinating, intelligent, and entertaining written work. Enjoy!

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