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Author: Charke, Charlotte

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Year of birth:1713
Year of death:1760
About her personal situation:Daughter of the actor-manager, poet laureate Colley Cibber. She married violinist Richard Charke, but the marriage failed. She worked in Henry Fielding's rival theatre company and ridiculed her father. The Fielding companies exploits led in great part to the 1737 Theatre Licensing Act, which was to plague Charke's subsequent career. She set up many evasive ways of putting on plays without a licence, but was frequently driven from London by debt. She married twice and travelled the country disguised as Mr Brown with her 'wife', Mrs Brown. She died age 47 in utter poverty in 1760 Standardizingjuly12av Origin: • Location where born : unknown • Location where lived: Middlesex, Hertfordshire • Location where died : unknown National identity : • Nationality : English • Mother tongue : English Marital status : - Married (to Richard Charke) - Remarried Number of children : - unknown Social class / position: -unknown Religion - Unknown Education - Well educated - Learning of foreign languages: Latin, Italian - Academic studies

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About her professional situation:Actress, playwright, novelist, theatre manager, pupeteer,and sausage seller. Her career started at the top and went downhill ever after. Her inventive evasions of the 1737 Theatre Acts kept her working as a puppeteer who did Shakepeare and later as an itinerant player in the regions. Her books and plays deal mainly with the things which infuriated her: injustice, the overbearing nature of patriarchs and the unfairness of family life. travel travestie Standardizingjuly12av Profession(s) and activities: - Biographer - Play writer - Actress - Fiction writer - Stage - Traveler - To be considered as scientist Languages in which she published : - English Collaboration/connections with male authors/important figures : - poet/ actor manager/ play writer, Colley Cibber (her father) - Violinist, Richard Charke( her husband) Memberships : - unknown
Elements of bibliography:Morgan, Fidelis. The Well Known Trouble Maker: A Life of Charlotte Charke. London: Faber and Faber, 1988.

Editors: Fidelis Morgan (update on 12 December 2009)
Suzan van Dijk (update on 19 March 2012)
Aspasia Vasilaki (update on 12 July 2012)

Works written by this author

E 1 *Lover's treat unnatural hatred (1758)
E 2 A Narrative of the Life of Charlotte Charke (1755)
E 3 The Art of Management, or Tragedy Expell'd (1753)
E 4 The History of Henry Dumont Esq and Miss Charlotte Evelyn (1756)
E 5 The Lover's treat, or Unnatural Hatred (1758)
E 6 The Mercer, or fatal extravagance (1755)

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