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

Volume 1

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  • Date Published: April 2014
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108070669

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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. The first volume covers the years 1717–63.

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    • Date Published: April 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108070669
    • length: 368 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
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    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.

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    Thomas Davies

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