Recollections of the Life of John O'Keeffe: Volume 1

Recollections of the Life of John O'Keeffe: Volume 1 : Written by Himself

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John O'Keeffe (1747-1833) was an Irish playwright who began his career as an actor in 1764. His first significant success as a writer was the play The Son-in-Law in 1779, and he was later called 'our English Moliere' by essayist William Hazlitt. He moved to London in 1781 - around the same time that his marriage broke down - and wrote a string of successful comic operas and dramatic works, including Wild Oats (1791). However, he suffered from failing eyesight and was nearly blind at the height of his fame. He dictated this memoir, published in two volumes in 1826, to his daughter, Adelaide (1776-1865). In Volume 1, O'Keeffe recounts his childhood in Ireland, his first trip to London in 1762, where he saw the legendary actor and theatre producer David Garrick (1717-79) on stage, and the beginning of his own dramatic career upon returning to Dublin.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 b/w illus.
  • 1139084518
  • 9781139084512

Table of contents

Preface; 1. Birth; 2. The Franchises of Dublin; 3. August 12, 1762; 4. Return to Dublin; 5. Limerick; 6. Kilkenny; 7. Lord Taaffe; 8. Youthful parties in Dublin; 9. English actors in Dublin; 10. Marriage.show more