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Charlotte : being a true account of an actress's flamboyant adventures in eighteenth-century London's wild and wicked theatrical world

Author: Kathryn Shevelow
Publisher: New York : H. Holt, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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The life of actress Charlotte Charke transports us through the splendors and scandals of eighteenth-century London and its wicked theatrical world. Her father was one of the century's great actor/playwrights, a favorite of the king. It was thought that his high-spirited, often rebellious daughter Charlotte would follow in his footsteps at the legendary Drury Lane--but this was not to be. She had the troublesome  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Charlotte Charke; Charlotte Charke
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kathryn Shevelow
ISBN: 0805073140 9780805073140
OCLC Number: 56799033
Description: xii, 433 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Cibbers (1660-1712) --
The impertinent intruder (1712-13) --
A passionate fondness for a periwig (1717-20) --
Educating Charlotte (1720-27) --
Laureate (1720-30) --
The provoked wife (1729-30) --
Chambermaids and pretty ment (1731-32) --
Show, show, show, show! (1732) --
Stormy weather (1732-33) --
Mutiny (1733) --
Wearing the breeches (1733-34) --
Mad company (1734-35) --
Cordelia, or, The art of management (1735-36) --
On the edge (1736) --
Bad acts (1737) --
Punch's Theatre (1737-38) --
Hard times (1738-41) --
Down and out in London (1741-44) --
A mind to get money (1742-46) --
A little, dirty kind of war (1746-53) --
The female husband (1752-54) --
The prodigal daughter (1755-56) --
Curtain calls (1757-60).
Responsibility: Kathryn Shevelow.
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The life of actress Charlotte Charke transports us through the splendors and scandals of eighteenth-century London and its wicked theatrical world. Her father was one of the century's great actor/playwrights, a favorite of the king. It was thought that his high-spirited, often rebellious daughter Charlotte would follow in his footsteps at the legendary Drury Lane--but this was not to be. She had the troublesome habit of dressing in men's clothes--a preference first revealed onstage but adopted elsewhere after her disastrous marriage to an actor, who became the last man she ever loved. Author Shevelow, an expert on eighteenth-century London, re-creates Charlotte's downfall from the heights of London's theatrical world to its lascivious lows (the domain of fire-eaters, puppeteers, wastrels, gender-bending cross-dressers, wenches, and scandalous sorts of every variety) and her comeback as the author of one of the first autobiographies ever written by a woman.--From publisher description.

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