GARRICK by Margaret Barton


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A carefully documented biography of the 18th century England's greatest actor whose career from the first, when he left his native Lichfield with Samuel Johnson, his mentor, was almost ""monotonously successful"". If short of stature, unprepossessing of appearance, Garrick's tumultuous style of acting, with a large reliance on facial expression, gave him lasting eminence. Serious and sober of temperament, the first affair with fickle Peg Woffington brought only unhappiness, until his marriage to a Viennese dancer who gave up her career when she met Garrick. The serenity of his marriage contrasted with the quarrels of his public life, which did not affect his popularity. A biography of sound, substantial proportions, non-partisan point of view, solidity, but little glamor.

Pub Date: Jan. 18th, 1949
Publisher: Macmillan