Maria Theresa Kemble

Standard Name: Kemble, Maria Theresa
Birth Name: Maria Theresa de Camp
Married Name: Maria Theresa Kemble
MTK was an actress and playwright who began her acting career in London at the age of eight and her public career as a writer just before the dawn of the nineteenth century. She wrote and published comedies in which she often played the leading role. She also wrote to a newspaper to defend herself against plagiarism charges.


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Family and Intimate relationships Ann Hatton
AH was therefore sister-in-law of the actress and playwright Maria Theresa Kemble ,
Family and Intimate relationships Adelaide Kemble
AK 's mother, the lifelong stage performer and occasional dramatist Maria Theresa Kemble , was nearly forty-one at Adelaide's birth.
Family and Intimate relationships Fanny Kemble
FK 's mother, Maria Theresa (de Camp) Kemble , was a French-born playwright and actress who came from a cosmpolitan background and performed for Mrs Fitzherbert and the Prince Regent.
Clinton, Catherine. Fanny Kemble’s Civil Wars. Simon and Schuster.
Marshall, Dorothy. Fanny Kemble. Weidenfeld and Nicholson.
Her family were...
Family and Intimate relationships Fanny Kemble
FK ' uncle John Philip Kemble , her father's brother, was one of the most noted Shakespearean actors of his generation. In 1795 he went backstage and tried to force himself upon the actress who...
Friends, Associates Martha Hale
MH 's wide circle of friends and acquaintances included leading politicians and other socially prominent figures of her day. She seems to have had personal friendships with John Moore , Archbishop of Canterbury, and his...
Occupation Fanny Kemble
Her mother returned to the theatre for one night only as Lady Capulet; Mary Cowden Clarke , who was in the audience, recorded that the audience's warm reception made Maria Theresa Kemble weep on stage...
Publishing Martha Hale
Subscribers included the Prince of Wales and other royalty, Elizabeth, Margravine of Anspach , Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire , her daughter the Countess of Carlisle , Charles Burney , Warren Hastings , Miss De Camp (later Maria Theresa Kemble)
Textual Features Martha Hale
She writes on public themes with equal panache, attacking colonial appropriations and in another poem calling Warren Hastings an oppressed hero. She addresses public men and women, and here too is attentive to women's issues...
Textual Features Matilda Hays
Woven into the novel is considerable commentary on the art, music, and literary productions of the day. Quotations are given from or allusions made to a wide range of authors including Tennyson , Longfellow (used...
Textual Production Amelia Opie
Its full title was The Father and Daughter. A tale in prose; with an Epistle from the Maid of Corinth to her lover; and other poetical pieces. After a first print-run of 750 copies...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Anna Margaretta Larpent
Criticism has an even freer rein in the later than in the earlier diaries. In 1790 AML found Mariana Starke 's unpublished The British Orphans indelicate and Starke 's The Widow of Malabar showy but...


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Kemble, Maria Theresa. “Fairly Taken In. A Comic Interlude, in One Act and One Scene”. Hudson’s Private Theatricals for Home Performance, edited by Francis Hudson, Dick and Fitzgerald, 1870, pp. 171-9.
Kemble, Maria Theresa. Smiles and Tears. J. Miller, 1815.
Kemble, Maria Theresa. The Day After the Wedding. Appleyards, 1808.