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

Volume 2

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  • Date Published: April 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108070676

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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 second volume covers the years 1763–79.

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    • Date Published: April 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108070676
    • length: 450 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.57kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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
    Appendix.

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    Thomas Davies

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