Memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi
By (author) Charles Dickens
Experiments by John Cawse
Afterword by Richard Findlater
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Memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi by Charles Dickens
Book DescriptionIn 1837 Charles Dickens, then twenty-five years old, was asked to 'tidy up' Joseph Grimaldi's autobiography - he ended up re-writing most of it. Joseph Grimaldi (1778-1837), one of the greatest English clowns and pantomimes of all time, was born in London to an Italian ballet-master and a dancer in the theatre's corps-de-ballet. The death of Grimaldi's father when he was nine plunged the family into debt. He was introduced to the stage at the age of two and began performing at the Sadler's Wells theatre at the age of three. Grimaldi's fame as a pantomime clown was unequalled and he is credited as an innovator. He introduced the tradition of audience participation, of poking fun at spectators, and generally the modern concept of the clown as such. He died a poor and physically crippled man.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781901285949
(165mm x 120mm x 33mm)
Imprint: Pushkin Press
Publisher: Pushkin Press
Publish Date: 26-Oct-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Author Biography - Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens (1812 - 1870) was born in Portsmouth, the second of eight children. He began working in a London boot-blacking factory at the age of twelve to help support his family after his father was imprisoned for debt. The family later recovered financial stability through inheritance but his experience in the factory at a tender age and the living conditions of working-class people became major themes of his works as he championed the causes of the poor and oppressed. A worldwide literary phenomenon in his lifetime and renowned as much for his journalism and public speaking as for his novels, Charles Dickens now ranks as the most important Victorian writer and one of the most influential and popular authors in the English language. His memorable and vividly rendered characters and his combination of humour, trenchant satire and compassion have left an indelible mark on our collective imagination.
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