Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present
Standard Name: Charke, Charlotte
Birth Name: Charlotte Cibber
Married Name: Charlotte Charke
Self-constructed Name: Mr Brown
'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
Baruth, Philip E. “Who Is Charlotte Charke?”. Introducing Charlotte Charke: Actress, Author, Enigma, edited by Philip E. Baruth, University of Illinois Press, pp. 9-62.
(compelling though these are) has obscured some of her other qualities as a streetwise, satirical, minority voice.
's non-respectable situation as well as, it seems, her disposition, made it hard for her to form friendships with women. She always retained her devotion to Constantia Grierson
, before and after the latter's...
Having had his first play produced in February 1728 and gone on to achieve some success in the difficult metier of London playwright, HF
became manager of the Little Theatre
in the Haymarketbecause that...
In her third novel, The Microcosm, MD
drew on Charlotte Charke
's Narrative of her own life, quoting, paraphrasing, and adapting.
British Books in Print. J. Whitaker and Sons.
Duffy, Maureen. The Microcosm. Virago.
provided (anonymously) the introduction to a Constable
reprint of A Narrative of the Life of Mrs. Charlotte Charke
, Daughter of Colley Cibber, one in a series they were issuing of rediscovered works...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text
Her four-page summary of Charke
's life is sympathetic and appropriately headlong in tone. Only at the end does she slide simultaneously into the pitying and the dismissive. Ungrammatical, insanely inconsequent, braggart and fantastic, the...
June 1733: John Laguerre painted The Stage Mutiny, which...