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Grimaldi, Joseph 1779-1837

Overview
Works: 168 works in 304 publications in 6 languages and 3,494 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Librettos 
Roles: Author, Actor, Performer, Translator, Singer, Dancer
Classifications: GV1811.G7, 791.330924
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Memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi by Joseph Grimaldi( Book )
45 editions published between 1838 and 1983 in 5 languages and held by 129 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
Denkwürdigkeiten Joseph Grimaldi 's by Joseph Grimaldi( Book )
1 edition published in 1839 in German and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Memoirs by Joseph Grimaldi( Book )
7 editions published between 1833 and 1968 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Gedenkschriften van Jozef Grimaldi, den clown by Charles Dickens( Book )
2 editions published in 1889 in Dutch and held by 11 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 )
6 editions published between 1883 and 1903 in English and Undetermined and held by 7 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
Jozef Grimaldi by Charles Dickens( Book )
2 editions published in 1870 in Dutch and held by 5 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
Memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi ... With illustrations [including portraits] by George Cruikshank. Edited by Richard Findlater, with new notes and introduction by Charles Dickens( Book )
2 editions published in 1968 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
Grimaldi, the clown by Charles Dickens( Book )
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
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
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 Joseph Grimaldi( Book )
1 edition published in 1893 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
 
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Alternative Names
Joey 1778-1837
Languages
English (146)
Dutch (7)
German (5)
French (3)
Italian (3)
Spanish (1)
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