Drawing on his own papers and first published in 1799, this two-volume account traces the colourful life of the actor and playwright Charles Macklin (c.1699-1797). His long career serves as the focal point in a history of the eighteenth-century theatre and its most celebrated performers. Hailed for his enduring interpretation of Shakespeare's Shylock, a role he played for some fifty years, Macklin has been credited with the theatre's move towards realism. His life was just as dramatic offstage, marked as it was by a series of controversies and fierce rivalries. In 1735 he was convicted of the manslaughter of a fellow actor in a quarrel over a wig, and in 1775 he successfully pressed charges of conspiracy against theatregoers who had rioted during his performances. Volume 2 covers the latter part of Macklin's career up to his death. Also included is a selection of letters written to his son.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Series:||Cambridge Library Collection - Literary Studies Series|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)|
Table of Contents
1. From Dublin to London; 2. Macklin does not play; 3. Leeds and Liverpool; 4. Writes to Mr Colman; 5. Report of Mr Dunning's speech; 6. Mr Justice Aston sums up; 7. The King's Bench; 8. A new agreement with Mr Harris; 9. Macklin performs but seldom; 10. Covent Garden theatre; 11. The Man of the World; 12. The Dublin manager engages Macklin; 13. Macklin still frequents the playhouse; 14. Continuation of letters to his son; 15. Continuation of letters to his son; 16. Conclusion of letters to his son; 17. Macklin grows very infirm; 18. The royal family; 19. Mr Macklin's general character; 20. Macklin's extraordinary manner of living; Appendix.