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Charlotte: Being a True Account of an…

Charlotte: Being a True Account of an Actress's Flamboyant Adventures…

by Kathryn Shevelow

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The life of actress Charlotte Charke transports us through the splendors and scandals of eighteenth-century London and its wicked theatrical world. Her father was one of the century's great actor/playwrights, a favorite of the king. It was thought that his high-spirited, often rebellious daughter Charlotte would follow in his footsteps at the legendary Drury Lane--but this was not to be. She had the troublesome habit of dressing in men's clothes--a preference first revealed onstage but adopted elsewhere after her disastrous marriage to an actor, who became the last man she ever loved. Author Shevelow, an expert on eighteenth-century London, 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.--From publisher description.… (more)



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A true look at the unconventional life of Charlotte Charke, an 18th-Century English actress who preferred breeches or travesty parts, and preferred men's clothes both on and off the stage. An interesting part of both theatre and women's/gender history of which I had been unaware ( )
  cransell | Jan 10, 2006 |
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