An Apology for the Life of Colley Cibber: With an Historical View of the Stage During His Own Time

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Courier Corporation, 2000 - Performing Arts - 372 pages
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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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BYRNE R. S. FONE is professor of English literature at the City College of New York. He is the editor of "Hidden Heritage: History and the Gay Imagination," and author of "Masculine Landscapes: Walt Whitman and the Homoerotic Text; A Road to Stonewall: Homosexuality and Homophobia in English and American Literature"; and "Homophobia: A History," which will appear later this year. He is the author of the novel "American Lives," his short stories have appeared in the "James White Review," and he is now at work on a new novel.

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