The actress Dorothy Jordan (1761-1816), contemporary of Sarah Siddons, was born in London, one of nine children. Her reputation as the greatest comic actress of her time was secured upon joining Sheridan's company at Drury Lane in 1785. Remembered particularly for cross-dressing roles such as Rosalind in As You Like It and Viola in Twelfth Night, she brought great charm and spontaneity to her interpretations. Her life off-stage was equally colourful, and she was for over twenty years the lover of William, Duke of Clarence, with whom she had ten children. This two-volume biography, first published in 1831, was written by her friend James Boaden (1762-1839), a playwright who later turned to theatrical biography. In it, he relates the extraordinary and poignant story of her life from acclaim to obscurity. Volume 2 covers her many provincial tours, her enforced separation from Clarence, retirement and self-imposed exile in France.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Series:||Cambridge Library Collection - British and Irish History, 19th Century|
|Product dimensions:||5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.87(d)|
Table of Contents
15. Benefits for the family of John Palmer, at Liverpool, and in London; 16. The summer theatre; 17. Season of 1800-1; 18. Decided hostilities of 1801-2; 19. Bannister's administration, or all the talents he could get; 20. The reservoirs of some use at Drury Lane; 21. The young Roscius acts Norval to great houses; 22. The classical season at Drury; 23. Domestic arrangements of Mrs Jordan; 24. Attachments of the Princes; 25. Three distinct sources of calumny; 26. Sir Jonah Barrington's allusion to a distressing event, which he declines to relate; 27. Some reflections on the explanation preceding; 28. The administration to Mrs Jordan's effects.