Corneille and Racine in England: A Study of the English Translations of the Two Corneilles and Racine, with Especial Reference to Their Presentation on the English Stage

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XI. COLLEY CIBBER

THE success of Ambrose Philips seems to have encouraged Cibber to try his hand at translating and adapting a French play. As the author of the Distrest Mother had chosen the most popular work of Racine, Cibber, nothing daunted, selected Corneille's masterpiece. He brought on the stage, on November 28, 1712, an adaptation of the Cid under the title of The Heroick Daughter or Ximena. Contrary to the usual custom of the day this play was not printed till nine years after its first appearance. It was revived with considerable success in 1718, with an admirable cast. Mrs. Oldfield played the title rôle then, and probably created it in 1712. The year after its first appearance she chose it for her benefit. This would seem to indicate that she liked the rôle, and that the play had been received with considerable favor at its first representation. Indeed it was played eight times, what was considered then a run of some length.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Contents xiii
  • I. Rutter's Cid 1
  • Iv. the "Persons of Honour" 51
  • V. Comedies 70
  • Vi. the Last of the Restoration 80
  • Vii. an Interregnum 102
  • Viii. Le Menteur 115
  • Ix. Phædra and Hippolitus 129
  • X. the Distressed Mother 140
  • Xi. Colley Cibber 167
  • Xii. John Ozell 186
  • Xiii. Iphigénie 198
  • Xv. the Roman Father 229
  • Xvi. Esther and Athalie 249
  • Xvii. the Last of the Movement 256
  • Xviii. Summary 275
  • Chronology 279
  • Bibliography 285
  • Index 291
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