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Grimaldi, Joseph 1779-1837

Overview
Works: 148 works in 326 publications in 5 languages and 4,072 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Librettos  History  Musicals  Drama 
Roles: Author, Actor, Performer, 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 2013 in English and Spanish and held by 73 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 33 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

Jozef Grimaldi by Charles Dickens( Book )

4 editions published in 1870 in Dutch and held by 8 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 held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gedenkschriften van Jozef Grimaldi by Joseph Grimaldi( Book )

2 editions published in 1845 in Dutch 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 by W Ware( Book )

2 editions published in 1817 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi by Joseph Grimaldi( Book )

3 editions published in 1838 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 Charles Dickens( Book )

2 editions published in 1866 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Grimaldi Shakspere : notes, enz ... from a recently disc. annot. copy by Joseph Grimaldi( Book )

3 editions published in 1853 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Grimaldi, the clown by Joseph Grimaldi( Book )

2 editions published in 1893 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dialogue, chorusses, &c. in a pantomime called Harlequin & the ogress by Charles Farley( Book )

1 edition published in 1822 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Grimaldi, the clown. Edited by Charles Dickens. Author's edition, with the twelve original illustrations by George Cruikshank by Joseph Grimaldi( Book )

1 edition published in 1884 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, king of clowns by Richard Findlater( Book )

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

 
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Alternative Names
Joey

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

約瑟夫·格里馬爾迪

Languages
English (175)

Dutch (10)

Spanish (2)

German (2)

Italian (2)

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