James and Mary Ford, eds. Every Day in the Year. 1902.
By Matthew Arnold (18221888)
Elisabeth Felix, called Rachel, was one of the greatest tragic actresses that the world has ever seen. Of Hebrew descent and Swiss birth she began life as a street singer in Lyons. She began to study music in Paris, but losing her voice turned to the study of dramatic art and ultimately attained enormous success. She visited England and America and it was here that she caught the cold which finally ended her life at Cinnes, January 3, 1858, at the age of thirty-seven.