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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1756. Excerpt: ... CHAP. V. The Theatrical Characters of the Principal dflors, in the Year 1G90, continued. A few Words to Critical Auditors. THO', as I have before observ'd, Women were not admitted to the Stage, till the Return of King Charles, yet it could not be so suddenly supply'd with them, but that there was still a Necessity, for some time, to put the handsomest young Men into Petticoats; which Kynaflon was then faid to have worn, with Success; particularly in the Part of Evadne, in the Maid's Tragedy, which I have heard him speak of; and which calls to my Mind a ridiculous Distress that arose from these sort of Shifts which the Stage was then put to. The King coming a little before his usual time to a Tragedy, found the Actors not ready to begin, when his Majesty not chusing to have as much Patience as his good Subjects, sent to them, to know the Meaning of it; upon which the Master of the Company came to the Box, and rightly judging, that the best Excuse for their Default, would be the true one, fairly told his Majesty, that the Queen was not jhav'd yet: The King, whose good Humour lov'd to laugh at a Jest, as well as to make one, accepted the Excuse, which serv'd to divert him, till the male Queen cou'd be effeminated. In a word, Kynafton, at that time was so beautiful a Youth, that the the Ladles of Quality prided themselves in taking him with them in their Coaches, to Hyde-Park, in his Theatrical Habit, after the Play; which in those Days they might have sussicient time to do, because Plays then, were us'd to begin at four a-CIock: The Hour that People of the fame Hank, are now going to Dinner. Of this Truth, I had the Curiosity to enquire, and had it confirm'd from his own Mouth, in his advanc'd Age: And indeed, to the last of him, his Handsomeness was very little abated; even at past Si...

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As an actor, manager, and playwright, Colley Cibber was among the most influential members of the London theater in the 18th century. In this book, he not only defended himself against personal attacks from such well-known figures as Johnson, Fielding, and Pope, but also produced one of the most important and indispensable accounts of a vital period in English theatrical history. Cibber accurately chronicles the plays, playwrights, and actors of the day in unstinting detail, affording theater lovers and historians an incomparable glimpse of the beginnings of modern theater.

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Poetry collections by James Wright (1927-80) include "The Green Wall "(1957), which won the Yale Series of Younger Poets award, "Saint Judas" (1959), "The Branch Will Not Break" (1963), "Shall We Gather at the River" (1968), and "Two Citizens" (1973). Wright was elected a fellow of The Academy of American Poets in 1971, and the following year his "Collected Poems" received the Pulitzer Prize. He died in New York City in 1980, having served on the English faculties at the University of Minnesota, Macalester College, and Hunter College (CUNY).

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