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Memoirs of Mrs Inchbald
Including her Familiar Correspondence with the Most Distinguished Persons of her Time

Volume 1

Part of Cambridge Library Collection - British & Irish History, 17th & 18th Centuries

  • Date Published: September 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108064972

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  • Although she overcame a stammer to fulfil her acting ambitions, Elizabeth Simpson (1753–1821), known as Mrs Inchbald after her marriage in 1772, was more acclaimed for her good looks than her performances. Her husband was an actor, and she formed strong friendships with Sarah Siddons and John Philip Kemble, but her greatest impact was as a playwright, novelist, editor and critic. Despite her decision to destroy a four-volume autobiography, her extensive surviving journals and letters allowed James Boaden (1762–1839) to publish this two-volume work in 1833. Having produced biographies of Siddons, Kemble and Dorothy Jordan (which are also reissued in this series), Boaden presents here an informed account of this remarkable woman's personal, theatrical and literary life. Volume 1 covers the period from her birth to 1796 and includes as an appendix The Massacre (1792), a suppressed historical drama about the persecution of Huguenots in 1572.

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    • Date Published: September 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108064972
    • length: 400 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.51kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
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    1. Importance of biography
    2. Juvenile indiscretions
    3. Revisits Standingfield
    4. St Valleri
    5. Peculiar feelings of actors
    6. Year 1780
    7. First appears in Bellario
    8. Exercises herself on the pantomime as usual
    9. Kemble takes her lodgings
    10. The Morells
    11. Fate of the Hue and Cry
    12. The Simple Story
    13. Publishes her novel
    14. Splendid success
    15. Begins a new comedy
    Appendix.

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    James Boaden

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