The Drama of Celebrity

By Sharon Marcus

In this fascinating and deeply researched book, Sharon Marcus, the Orlando Harriman Professor of English and Comparative Literature challenges everything you thought you knew about our obsession with fame. Icons are not merely famous for being famous; the media alone cannot make or break stars; fans are not simply passive dupes. Instead, journalists, the public, and celebrities themselves all compete, passionately and expertly, to shape the stories we tell about celebrities and fans. The result: a high-stakes drama as endless as it is unpredictable.

Read the review of The Drama of Celebrity in the New York Times.