Mourning the “Dignity of the Siddonian Form”

  title={Mourning the “Dignity of the Siddonian Form”},
  author={Lisa A. Freeman},
  journal={Eighteenth-Century Fiction},
  pages={597 - 629}
When Sarah Siddons (1755–1831) returned to the stage in 1816 for two command performances in the role of Lady Macbeth, her body, at the age of fifty-seven, was already in an advanced state of decrepitude. Most critics writing about Siddons focus on only William Hazlitt’s “goddess,” one of the greatest actresses to grace the British stage. Focusing on the decaying body of the actress and on the melancholic sense of loss that haunts many of the essays, newspaper articles, and biographies written… Expand
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