Secret Life of Dr. James Miranda Barry

Secret Life of Dr. James Miranda Barry

by Anne Kronenfeld, Ivan Kronenfeld


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In 1814, a woman of unknown origins graduated from Edinburgh Medical School disguised as a man. Dr. James Miranda Barry has the distinction of being the first woman doctor in the Western world. She then served in the British Military disguised as a male surgeon for forty-five years. The scandal of her elaborate deception did not surface until her death. Based on true facts, The Secret Life of Dr. James Miranda Barry takes us from The Reign of Terror in Paris to Scotland, South Africa, and England in this insightful portrait of a woman with an indomitable spirit.

Anne Byrne Kronenfeld began her professional life as a ballet dancer. She was a charter member and principal with The Pennsylvania Ballet Company. She then danced with the New York City Ballet and was a guest artist with the Frankfurt Opera Ballet and Andre Eglevsky Company. Anne then moved into an acting career with roles in Woody Allen's Manhattan and a Lina Wertmuller film starring Candice Bergen and John Carlo Giannini. She taught acting in New York City at the Column Theater, and was a casting associate for Leonard Finger Casting. Anne's first book, Echoes From The Schoolyard, about past NBA players was published by Hawthorne. Currently, Anne is an artists' manager.

Ivan Kronenfeld is a native New Yorker who has been described as "an actor, a deal-maker, a raconteur and a scholar of boxing and psychology". He received his bachelors degree from Goddard College and his Ph.D. from Union Graduate School. Ivan began his multi-faceted career in the 1960s, establishing housing and day care services for communities in decay. At present, Ivan is a partner in Koerner Kronenfeld Partners, LLC. "KKP" is a production company engaged in a number of start-up ventures including: entertainment - Broadway, Off-Broadway and film financing - Book Packaging, and a boxing training center in New York City. Among the projects for which Ivan is primarily responsible is the Broadway bound The Hunchback of Notre Dame with music by world class pianist Byron Janis and book and lyrics by Albert Innaurato and The West Point Project, LLC, celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781931207003
Publication date: 10/10/2000
Pages: 255
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

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Richard Mulligan

A beautifully written book about a fascinating woman who would not be deprived of her gift .... courageous in secret and triumphant in life. A remarkable human being.
—Richard Mulligan, Star of Soap and Empty Nest

George Dzunza

Fascinating, exhilerating. The ability to enter into a woman's world in the XIXth century, to feel her pain, to understand repression and get us in touch with our humanity in a whole new way. A major salute to the Kronenfelds.
—George Dzunza, Star of Law and Order, Basic Instinct and Crimson Tide

Paul Price

A stunning success of a book about the stunning success of an indomitable spirit .... evoking that dirty word: willpower. It makes you think ....
—Paul Price, Writer, TV writer for Empty Nest

Stephen Dubner

An astounding story crammed with intrigue, human triumph, and delicious historical detail.
—Stephen Dubner, Author of Turbulent Souls: A Catholic Son's Return to his Jewish Family

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