Deirdre David’s Fanny Kemble: A Performed Life has earned a "highly recommended" rating from Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries. According to Choice reviewer D. B. Wilmeth, "this scholarly, erudite, and thorough study by David (emer., English, Temple Univ.) is the one to use. . . .David’s effort far exceeds all others in its balance and in its careful analysis of this complex and variegated life."