Sharon Marcus is the Orlando Harriman Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Her research focuses on the literature, culture, and history of nineteenth-century England and France, in particular on questions of gender and sexuality. She is one of the senior editors of Public Culture, as well as a founding editor and Fiction Review Editor of Public Books. She is the author of Apartment Stories: City and Home in Nineteenth-Century Paris and London (1999) and Between Women: Friendship, Desire, and Marriage in Victorian England (2007), and most recently The Drama of Celebrity (2019).
Books by Sharon Marcus
Interviews with Sharon Marcus
by Will Smith and Mark Manson
Unbound: My Story of Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too Movement
by Tarana Burke
This Much Is True
by Miriam Margolyes
This Will All Be Over Soon: A Memoir
by Cecily Strong
Act Like You Got Some Sense: And Other Things My Daughters Taught Me
by Jamie Foxx and Nick Chiles
While it’s easy to dismiss celebrity memoirs as offering cheap, voyeuristic thrills into the lives of famous people we like the look of, when they’re done well, they can give insight into challenges we all grapple with as human beings. They can also be very funny. Sharon Marcus, professor of literature at Columbia University and author of The Drama of Celebrity, recommends the best new celebrity memoirs.
Why are so many of us fascinated by the lives of celebrities? When did interest in the dark side of celebrity become mainstream? Sharon Marcus, author of The Drama of Celebrity and a professor at Columbia University, recommends books to better understand the phenomenon of celebrity.