Ira Frederick Aldridge became one of the most celebrated Shakespearean actors of the Victorian age, and was the first black actor to make a name for himself interpreting Shakespeare. He became the equivalent of a movie star, complete with a throng of adoring fans and a string of female admirers.
Here's the MedievalPOC Tumblr's collection on Ira Aldridge.
Episode link: Ira Frederick Aldridge, Famous Unknown Shakespearean
- Lindfors, Bernth. "Nothing Extenuate, Nor Set Down Aught in Malice": New Biographical Information on Ira Aldridge" African American Review, Vol. 28, No. 3 (Autumn, 1994). Via JSTOR. http://www.jstor.org/stable/3041981
- Marshall, Herbert and Mildred Stock. "Ira Aldridge: The Negro Tragedian." Southern Illinois University Press. 1968.
- Olivia, L. Tay. "Ira Aldridge and Theophile Gautier." The Journal of Negro History, Vol. 48, No. 3 (Jul., 1963). Via JSTOR. http://www.jstor.org/stable/2716350
- Postle, Martin. "'The Captive Slave' by John Simpson (1782-1847): A rediscovered masterpiece." The British Art Journal, Vol. 9, No. 3 (Spring 2009). Via JSTOR. http://www.jstor.org/stable/41614836
- Wells, Stanley. "Great Shakespearean Actors: Burbage to Branagh." Oxford University Press. 2015.