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Memoirs of Mrs Inchbald

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

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

  • Date Published: September 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108064996

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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. Including as an appendix The Massacre (1792), a suppressed historical drama, Volume 1 covers the period from her birth to 1796. Volume 2 addresses her final decades and incorporates A Case of Conscience (1800), another previously unpublished play.

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    • Date Published: September 2013
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108064996
    • length: 788 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
    • weight: 1kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Advertisement
    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. Volume 2:
    1. The Priory at Stanmore again
    2. The year 1798 commences with illness
    3. The year of visits, 1801
    4. The bidders for her memoirs
    5. Invited to write in The Artist
    6. Refuses to criticise
    7. Sells again her two novels
    8. Administers to her confessor's comforts
    9. Her change of lodging
    10. Mrs Inchbald's losses
    11. Her Septembers since she married
    12. Letters to her executrix
    Additional letters.

  • Author

    James Boaden

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