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Memoirs of the Life of David Garrick, Esq.

Memoirs of the Life of David Garrick, Esq.
Interspersed with Characters and Anecdotes of his Theatrical Contemporaries
2 Volume Set


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  • Date Published: April 2014
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  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108070683

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  • The most influential actor of his age, David Garrick (1717–79) shaped the London stage for over three decades as theatre manager at Drury Lane. He popularised a more natural style of acting, and did much to make Shakespeare the most revered English playwright. First published in 1780 and reissued here in the second edition of that year, this two-volume biography was written by Thomas Davies (c.1712–85). Samuel Johnson, a friend of the Garrick family, notably provided Davies with anecdotes and information on Garrick's early life. The work does not dwell on gossip or private life; it offers instead an informed portrait of the stage in Garrick's time. Davies had inhabited this world as a much less successful actor himself, before becoming a bookseller. His work is therefore a direct and valuable witness to theatrical London in the eighteenth century. Volume 1 covers 1717–63; Volume 2, 1763–79.

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    • Date Published: April 2014
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108070683
    • length: 818 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 48 mm
    • weight: 0.98kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Out of stock in print form with no current plan to reprint
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Dedication
    1. Mr Garrick's family
    2. Mr Garrick's arrival in London
    3. Characters of the actors in tragedy when Mr Garrick commenced player
    4. Account of the old actors continued
    5. Mr Garrick's first appearance on a London stage
    6. Managers of Drury-lane and Covent-garden uneasy at the success of Goodman's-field theatre
    7. Mr Garrick acting at Drury-lane theatre
    8. Prelude to the revolt of the comedians at Drury-lane
    9. Fleetwood sells the remaining term of his patent
    10. Revolutions in the theatrical world
    11. The managers of Drury-lane divide their several provinces
    12. Irene, a tragedy
    13. Character of Aaron Hill
    14. Managers complained of for not rearing theatrical plants
    15. New tragedies acted in 1753, 1754
    16. The Chinese festival
    17. Royal taste in acting
    18. Mr Foote's frequent engagements
    19. Dr Browne's Barbarossa and Athelstan
    20. A manager's difficulty arising from the offer of new plays and farces
    21. Mr Ralph
    22. Account of Woodward's desertion
    23. Archibald Bower's quarrel with Mr Garrick
    24. Winter's Tale, and Catherine and Petruchio
    25. Dr Smollet
    26. Mr Macklin's farce of Love alamode
    27. Mrs Woffington
    28. Churchill's Rosciad
    29. Coronation at both theatres
    30. Stage reformation. Volume 2:
    31. Account of the riot
    32. Author of Elvira
    33. Reflections on the ill success of Drury-lane theatre in 1763
    34. State of the stage during Mr Garrick's absence
    35. Mr Garrick's entertainment in France and Italy
    36. State of the stage during Mr Garrick's absence
    37. Mr Garrick's return to England
    38. Death of Mrs Cibber
    39. Mr Garrick's Country Girl
    40. Hugh Kelly
    41. Dr Goldsmith
    42. The Padlock
    43. Mrs Pritchard retires from the stage
    44. Mr Havard leaves the stage
    45. The jubilee at Stratford
    46. Mr Mossop quits the service of Mr Garrick
    47. Mr Barry visits London
    48. Mr Foote and Mr Garrick
    49. Mr Cumberland
    50. Death of Mr Lacey
    51. The players unprotected and persecuted
    52. Improvements in the entrance to Drury-lane theatre
    53. Mr Garrick retired from the theatre
    54. View of Mr Garrick's general character

  • Author

    Thomas Davies

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