Colley Cibber

Colley Cibber (6 November 1671 – 11 December 1757) was an English actor-manager, playwright and Poet Laureate. His colourful memoir ''Apology for the Life of Colley Cibber'' (1740) describes his life in a personal, anecdotal and even rambling style. He wrote 25 plays for his own company at Drury Lane, half of which were adapted from various sources, which led Robert Lowe and Alexander Pope, among others, to criticise his "miserable mutilation" of "crucified Molière [and] hapless Shakespeare". He regarded himself as first and foremost an actor and had great popular success in comical fop parts, while as a tragic actor he was persistent but much ridiculed. Cibber's brash, extroverted personality did not sit well with his contemporaries, and he was frequently accused of tasteless theatrical productions, shady business methods, and a social and political opportunism that was thought to have gained him the laureateship over far better poets. He rose to ignominious fame when he became the chief target, the head Dunce, of Alexander Pope's satirical poem ''The Dunciad''.

Cibber's poetical work was derided in his time, and has been remembered only for being poor. His importance in British theatre history rests on his being one of the first in a long line of actor-managers, on the interest of two of his comedies as documents of evolving early 18th-century taste and ideology, and on the value of his autobiography as a historical source. Provided by Wikipedia

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by Cibber, Colley
Published 1725
Printed for John Watts

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by Cibber, Colley
Published 1742
Printed, and sold by W. Lewis
Subjects: '; ...Cibber, Colley / 1671-1757 / Correspondence...

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by Cibber, Colley
Published 1791
printed for the proprietors, under the direction of John Bell, British Library, Strand, Bookseller to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales

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by Cibber, Colley
Published 1742
printed in the year
Subjects: '; ...Cibber, Colley / 1671-1757 / Correspondence...

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by Cibber, Colley
Published 1736
printed for Henry Lintot; and sold by W. Feales, at Rowe's Head, the Corner of Essex-Street in the Strand

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by Cibber, Colley
Published 1731
printed by A. Rhames, for R. Gunne, in Capel-Street

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by Cibber, Colley
Published 1736
printed for J. Tonson, and J. Watts, and sold by W. Feales, the Corner of Essex-Street in the Strand

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by Cibber, Colley
Published 1736
printed for J. Tonson and J. Watts, and sold by W. Feales, the Corner of Essex-Street in the Strand

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by Cibber, Colley
Published 1709
printed for Bernard Lintott, at the Cross-Keys, between the Two Temple Gates in Fleetstreet

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by Cibber, Colley
Published 1750
printed for George Risk, at Shakespear's Head, in Dame-Street

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by Cibber, Colley
Published 1749
printed for Peter Wilson, in Dams-Street

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by Cibber, Colley
Published 1702
printed for William Turner at the Angel at Lincolns-Inn Back-Gate, and John Nutt, near Stationers-Hall

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by Cibber, Colley
Published 1710
[by Thomas Johnson]

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by Cibber, Colley
Published 1717
printed for R. Smith, M. Wellington, B. Lintot, T. Ward, and T. Bickerton

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by Cibber, Colley
Published 1701
printed for Richard Parker at the Royal Exchange, Dorman Newman Leicester Feilds [sic], and George Harris in St. James's-Street

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by Cibber, Colley
Published 1740
printed by John Watts for the author
Subjects: '; ...Cibber, Colley / 1671-1757...

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by Cibber, Colley
Published 1729
printed by S. Powell, for George Risk at Shakespear's-Head, George Ewing at the Angel and Bible, and William Smith at the Hercules, Booksellers in Dame's-Street

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by Cibber, Colley
Published 1761
printed for J. and R. Tonson, S. Crowder and Co. H. Woodgate and S. Brooks, T. Caslon, and T. Lownds