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All Charlotte Charke's works were topical. All except some rather feeble fictions centre on the theatre or on herself; the best-known is her autobiography, 1755. Several of her plays have not survived. Interest in her sexuality and in her "life's work of transgressing . . . boundaries" Bibliographic Citation link. (compelling though these are) has obscured some of her other qualities as a streetwise, satirical, minority voice.
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13 January 1713 Charlotte Cibber (later CC) was born, the eleventh and last in her family. Bibliographic Citation link.
5 September 1735 CC's farce "The Carnival; or, Harlequin Blunderer" played for her benefit at Lincoln's Inn Fields. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
1 March-19 April 1755 CC dated the instalments in which she wrote her Narrative of the Life of Mrs. Charlotte Charke. Bibliographic Citation link.
From late April 1755 CC published in instalments A Narrative of her life, which she said she had begun writing about five years earlier. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
After 1758 CC published two more undated short novels: The Mercer; or, Fatal Extravagance and The History of Charley and Patty; or, The Friendly Strangers. Bibliographic Citation link.
16 April 1760 CC died in poverty in London. Bibliographic Citation link.
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