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Memoirs of the Life of Charles Macklin, Esq.: Volume 1 : Principally Compiled from his Own Papers and Memorandums, Paperback / softback Book

Memoirs of the Life of Charles Macklin, Esq.: Volume 1 : Principally Compiled from his Own Papers and Memorandums Paperback / softback

Part of the Cambridge Library Collection - Literary Studies series

Description

Drawing on his own papers and first published in 1799, this two-volume account traces the colourful life of the actor and playwright Charles Macklin (c.1699-1797).

His long career serves as the focal point in a history of the eighteenth-century theatre and its most celebrated performers.

Hailed for his enduring interpretation of Shakespeare's Shylock, a role he played for some fifty years, Macklin has been credited with the theatre's move towards realism.

His life was just as dramatic offstage, marked as it was by a series of controversies and fierce rivalries.

In 1735 he was convicted of the manslaughter of a fellow actor in a quarrel over a wig, and in 1775 he successfully pressed charges of conspiracy against theatregoers who had rioted during his performances.

Volume 1 covers Macklin's childhood and early career, including his trial for the killing of Thomas Hallam.

Information

  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 500 pages, 1 Plates, black and white
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Theatre studies
  • ISBN: 9781108064668

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