Charlotte

Being a True Account of an Actress's Flamboyant Adventures in Eighteenth-Century London's Wild and Wicked Theatrical World

Kathryn Shevelow

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Charlotte Charke's father, Colley Cibber, was one of the eighteenth-century's great actor/playwrights--and it was thought that the comedically gifted young Charlotte would follow in his footsteps at the legendary Drury Lane. However, Charlotte's habit of wearing men's clothes off stage as well as on, proved an obstacle to her career.

Kathryn Shevelow re-creates Charlotte's downfall from the heights of London's theatrical world to its lascivious lows (the domain of fire-eaters, puppeteers, wastrels, gender-bending cross-dressers, wenches, and scandalous sorts of every variety) and her comeback as the author of one of the first autobiographies ever written by a woman. Beyond the appealingly unorthodox Charlotte, Shevelow masterfully recalls for us a historical era of extraordinary stylishness, artifice, character, interest, and intrigue.

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Praise for Charlotte

"Refreshingly frank."--The New York Times Book Review

"Shevelow engagingly details Charlotte's adventures."--The New Yorker

"This splendiferous recreation of the past is rich in period detail, and theater buffs will applaud."--Publishers Weekly

"Shevelow's detailed, touching portrait revealed Charlotte to me as a rebel sister."--The Advocate

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Kathryn Shevelow

Kathryn Shevelow is an award-winning professor at the University of California in San Diego, teaching regular classes in Restoration and eighteenth-century drama. She has published widely on eighteenth-century topics and lives in Solana Beach, California.

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Charlotte
Being a True Account of an Actress's Flamboyant Adventures in Eighteenth-Century London's Wild and Wicked Theatrical World
Kathryn Shevelow

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Picador
February 2006
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312425760
ISBN10: 0312425767
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 448 pages, Includes 25 black-and-white illustrations
$20.00

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Henry Holt and Co.
February 2006
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429936736
ISBN10: 1429936738
448 pages, Includes 25 b&w illustrations throughout
$7.99
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