A Series of Plays: in Which it is Attempted to Delineate the Stronger Passions of the Mind. Each Passion Being the Subject of A Tragedy and a Comedy

A Series of Plays: in Which it is Attempted to Delineate the Stronger Passions of the Mind. Each Passion Being the Subject of A Tragedy and a Comedy

[BAILLIE, Joanna]

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This Scottish playwright, born in Lanarkshire in 1762, claimed to be a descendent of William Wallace. When she was 36 and had written nothing but a few poems, she decided to try her hand at a series of plays, each based on the action of a single passion on human nature. The result was a literary storm. Her plays were published anonymously; one critic thought they were by Sir Walter Scott. Since Miss Baillie had no practical experience of the theatre, her plays were "reading plays," usually considered unsuitable for stage presentation. However, one of them (De Monfort) was produced by John Kemble and Mrs. Siddons in 1800 because the actors thought so highly of it. Her later plays were more actable and produced with much success. This collection contains "Count Basil," "The Tryal," and "De Monfort."

Publication Info

  • Publisher: T. Cadell, Jun. and W. Davies
  • Edition: Second Edition
  • Date Published: 1799
  • Place Published: London
  • ISBN: n/a

Details

  • Condition: Good
  • Signed: No
  • Dust Jacket: No
  • Jacket Condition: n/a
  • Details:
    411 p. 21 cm. Second edition. Quarter leather with marbled boards. Front bottom corner crunched and hinges tender. Front free endpaper torn. P. 1 has piece clipped on top not affecting text. Minor spotting and damp staining in interior with some minor tears at corners. Chipped corner on p. 207 and lower margin chipped from p. 177. Pages clean. Text unmarked.