Title: An Apology for the Life of Mr. Colley Cibber...
Publisher: Printed by John Watts for the Author, London
Publication Date: 1740
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: First Edition.
Later dark navy blue morocco, gilt-stamped lettering in second spine compartment (5 raised bands), a.e.g.; 4to; pp. , 346, plus frontispiece portrait. Head of spine chipped; some light scuffing along joints and edges of boards. A little marginal browning to frontispiece, but contents are otherwise fine. Colley Cibber (1671-1757) was an English actor-manager, playwright, and Poet Laureate. This colourful memoir describes his life in a personal and anecdotal style. He wrote 25 plays for his own company at Drury Lane, half of which were adapted from various sources, which led Robert Lowe and Alexander Pope, among others, to criticise his "miserable mutilation" of "crucified Molière [and] hapless Shakespeare." He regarded himself as first and foremost an actor and had great popular success in comical fop parts, while as a tragic actor he was persistent but much ridiculed. Cibber's brash, extroverted personality did not sit well with his contemporaries, and he was frequently accused of tasteless theatrical productions, shady business methods, and a social and political opportunism that was thought to have gained him the laureateship over far better poets. He rose to ignominious fame when he became the chief target, the head Dunce, of Alexander Pope's satirical poem "The Dunciad.". Bookseller Inventory # D11880
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