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Menken met Clare at Pfaff's.
Augustin Daly claims Menken's real name was Adelaide McCord.
Menken met O'Brien at Pfaff's.
Twain saw Menken perform in San Francisco.
Ward saw Menken perform in San Francisco.
Mark Twain was not as taken with Menken as other male writers were and was actually quite critical of what Thomas Schirer calls Menken's "substitution of sexual illusion for acting ability."
Menken appeared in a short run of one of Brougham's plays The Children of the Sun.
It is very likely that Ada Clare appeared onstage with Menken, Brougham, and others.
Daly writes the introduction to Menken's short autobiography.
Personne (Wilkins) describes Menken as "a prarie Lola Montez" (3).
Henry Newell, editor of the New York Sunday Mercury, "had been attracted by this vivacious woman" and began printing her poetry in early 1860.
Menken wrote an extremely favorable review of Whitman's Leaves of Grass which was published in the Sunday Mercury.
Menken was an enthusiastic admirer of Whitman's work, and she may have written an enthusiastic review of Leaves of Grass for the Sunday Mercury.
In 1862 she married Pfaffian Robert Henry Newell (Orpheus C. Kerr), but the union did not last.
Clare and Menken are said to have been "great friends."
According to Allen, Menken's friendship with Clare influential in her "hero-worship of Whitman" (262).
Menken is mentioned as a friend of Ada Clare.
Menken is listed as Clare's fellow traveler.
Clare traveled to California in 1864 to join Adah Menken.
Menken and Clare are usually mentioned in connection with each other.
Ada Clare formed a friendship with Adah Menken around 1860.
Eytinge says of Menken's voice "never, either before or since, have I heard anything so perfect in sound as that voice."
Menken was one of the women that came to Whitman's aid in defending his controversial poems.
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