Richard Cumberland

Standard Name: Cumberland, Richard


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Dedications Anna Maria Mackenzie
AMM made her only use of a pseudonym, Ellen of Exeter, to publish another gothic Minerva Press novel, The Neapolitan, or The Test of Integrity, dedicated to the dramatist Richard Cumberland .
Garside, Peter et al., editors. The English Novel 1770-1829. Oxford University Press.
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Education Anna Eliza Bray
Miss Wrather was both her godmother and cousin. She later remembered her teacher's strict discipline and her own complete lack of interest in her studies; she recalls as well crying herself to sleep at night...
Literary responses Hannah More
Percy was a great hit, with twenty-one performances, and 4,000 copies sold by March 1777. HM made £600 from it in the theatre, and £150 from Cadell for the copyright. She thought, however, the public...
Literary responses Catherine Gore
Reviews, like that in the Athenæum, were good in the main, and singled out the dialogue for praise even if critical of the character drawing, the plotting, or the level of finish. The Times...
Literary responses Charlotte Lennox
The audience was huge: the theatre took in £234, nine shillings, one of the biggest takes of the month. But it included a cabal who hissed and catcalled, being either provoked by the playwright's gender...
Textual Features Maria Riddell
MR 's own twenty poems include prefatory verses as editor, written for the occasion. She prints work by the late Henrietta O'Neill (the well-known Ode to the Poppy), Georgiana Duchess of Devonshire (St...
Textual Production Elizabeth Thomas
Elizabeth Thomas signed the introduction by her former pseudonym, Martha Homely.
Garside, Peter et al., editors. The English Novel 1770-1829. Oxford University Press.
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Penruddock is an actual village in Cumberland, with a big house called Penruddock Hall, while spendthrift Roderick Penruddock was the...
Textual Production Lady Caroline Lamb
An odd spin-off from LCL 's desire to make herself into a professional writer was her project for a pocket diary or almanac. These ephemeral publications were repositories of useful information of many kinds as...


19 January 1771: The best-known of Richard Cumberland's dozen...

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19 January 1771

The best-known of Richard Cumberland 's dozen plays, The West Indian, opened in Londonto the greatest applause imaginable.

By 22 July 1797: William Beckford published a second and more...

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By 22 July 1797

William Beckford published a second and more marked burlesque attack on women's writing: Azemia: A Descriptive and Sentimental Novel. Interspersed with Pieces of Poetry.

1799: The year after Mary Alcock (sister of the...

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The year after Mary Alcock (sister of the playwright Richard Cumberland ) died, one of her nieces published her Poems, to which Elizabeth Carter and Hannah More , among others, subscribed.


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