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Grimaldi, Joseph 1779-1837

Overview
Works: 164 works in 313 publications in 6 languages and 3,507 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Librettos  Musicals  Drama 
Roles: Author, Actor, Performer, Translator, Singer, Dancer
Classifications: PN2598.G68, 791.330924
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Memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi by Joseph Grimaldi( Book )

37 editions published between 1838 and 2008 in English and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Denkwürdigkeiten Joseph Grimaldi 's by Charles Dickens( Book )

15 editions published between 1838 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Joseph Grimald (1778 - 1837), one of the greatest English clowns and pantomimes of all time, was born in London to an Italian ballet-master and a dancer in the theatre's corps-de-ballet. The death of Grimaldi's father when he was nine plunged the family into debt. He was introduced to the stage at the age of two and began performing at the Sadler's Wells theatre at the age of three. Grimaldi's fame as a pantomime clown was unequalled and he is credited as an innovator. He introduced the tradition of audience participation, of poking fun at spectators, and presented to the world in his performance as Joey, the modern clown as a central character. He was the original 'Clown Joey', the term 'Joey' being used to describe clowns since his day. Of his own name he punned 'I am grim all day-but I make you laugh at night!' Yet he died a poor and physically crippled man. A memorial service is held every year in Hackney on the first Sunday joined by hundreds of clowns from all over the world and followed by a show for children. In 1837 Charles Dickens, then twenty-five years old, was asked to 'tidy up' Grimaldi's autobiography. He ended up re-writing most of it and the result is a work comparable to Dickens's famous early successes, Sketches of Boz and The Pickwick Papers, both of which had appeared the year before
Gedenkschriften van Jozef Grimaldi, den clown by Charles Dickens( Book )

3 editions published in 1889 in Dutch and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Memoirs by Joseph Grimaldi( Book )

8 editions published between 1833 and 1968 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

[Memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi. Edited [and in part written] by Charles Dickens. With thirteen illustrations by George Cruikshank.] by Joseph Grimaldi( Book )

8 editions published between 1883 and 1903 in English and Undetermined and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

[Memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi. Edited by "Boz" [i.e. Charles Dickens].] by Joseph Grimaldi( Book )

3 editions published between 1846 and 1866 in English and Undetermined and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ich--der Komödiant : die Memoiren des Joseph Grimaldi by Joseph Grimaldi( Book )

2 editions published in 1983 in German and Undetermined and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Harlequin Gulliver, or, The flying island : first performed at the Theatre-Royal, Covent-Garden Friday, December 26, 1817( Book )

1 edition published in 1817 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Joseph Grimaldi, his life and adventures; written out from Grimaldi's own manuscript and notes, which he left at the time of his death by Joseph Grimaldi( Book )

in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Memoirs of J.G., edited by "Boz" [i.e. C. Dickens]. With illustrations by G. Cruikshank by Joseph Grimaldi( Book )

2 editions published in 1838 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Le clown Grimaldi by Giles Neville( Book )

1 edition published in 1982 in French and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Quelques anecdotes de la vie d'un acteur comique dont la carrière fut à son apogée au début du 19e siècle. Le choix de ces anecdotes secondaires, écrites dans un style lourd, ne rendent guère justice au célèbre mime. Illustrations recherchées
Grimaldi, king of clowns by Richard Findlater( Book )

2 editions published in 1955 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Airs, duets, chorusses, & c, in the new pantomime of Harlequin & Mother Bunch, or, The yellow dwarf with a sketch of the story by W Ware( Book )

1 edition published in 1821 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Grimaldi, the clown by Joseph Grimaldi( Book )

1 edition published in 1893 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Joseph Grimaldi and Finchley ... Reprinted from "Transactions of the London and Middlesex Archaeological Society," etc by Frank Marcham( Book )

1 edition published in 1939 in Undetermined and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Grimaldi, the clown by Charles Dickens( Book )

in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Alternative Names
Joey 1778-1837

Joseph Grimaldi acteur britannique

Joseph Grimaldi attore britannico

Joseph Grimaldi Brits acteur

Joseph Grimaldi englischer Pantomime und Clown

Yozef Qrimaldi

Гримальди, Джозеф

Джозеф Грымальдзі

Джоузеф Грималди

جوزف گریمالدی بازیگر بریتانیایی

ジョセフ・グリマルディ

Languages
English (150)

Dutch (10)

German (5)

Italian (3)

French (2)

Spanish (2)

Covers
The pantomime life of Joseph Grimaldi : laughter, madness and the story of Britain's greatest comedianDenkwürdigkeiten Joseph Grimaldi 's