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19th-Century Ira Aldridge and 20th-Century Paul Robeson. Both actors, both Black Americans, both playing Shakespeare in London. But what’s the link?
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Bernth Lindfors’ book_ Ira Aldridge: The Early Years, 1807-1833_ (University of Rochester Press, 2011) is a useful reference. Art UK has an article with portraits of Ira Aldridge. The Guardian website has an article on Robeson’s Othello. The New Yorker has an article about Amanda Aldridge.