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Nature and Art

By Inchbald, Elizabeth

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Title: Nature and Art  
Author: Inchbald, Elizabeth
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Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
Collections: Classic Literature Collection
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Inchbald, E. (n.d.). Nature and Art. Retrieved from http://members.worldlibrary.net/


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INTRODUCTION: Elizabeth Simpson was born on the 15th of October, 1753, one of the eight children of a poor farmer, at Standingfield, near Bury St. Edmunds. Five of the children were girls, who were all gifted with personal beauty. The family was Roman Catholic. The mother had a delight in visits to the Bury Theatre, and took, when she could, her children to the play. One of her sons became an actor, and her daughter Elizabeth offered herself at eighteen—her father then being dead—for engagement as an actress at the Norwich Theatre. She had an impediment of speech, and she was not engaged; but in the following year, leaving behind an affectionate letter to her mother, she stole away from Standingfield, and made a bold plunge into the unknown world of London, where she had friends, upon whose help she relied. Her friends happened to be in Wales, and she had some troubles to go through before she found a home in the house of a sister, who had married a poor tailor. About two months after she had left Standingfield she married, in London, Mr. Inchbald, an actor, who had paid his addresses to her when she was at home, and who was also a Roman Catholic. On the evening of the wedding day the bride, who had not yet succeeded in obtaining an engagement, went to the play, and saw the bridegroom play the part of Mr. Oakley in the Jealous Wife. Mr. Inchbald was thirty-seven years old, and had sons by a former marriage. In September, 1772, Mrs. Inchbald tried her fortune on the stage by playing Cordelia to her husband's Lear. Beauty alone could not assure success. The impediment in speech made it impossible for Mrs. Inchbald to succeed greatly as an actress. She was unable to realise her own conceptions. At times she and her husband prospered so little that on one day their dinner was of turnips, pulled and eaten in a field, and sometimes there was no dinner at all. But better days presently followed; first acquaintance of Mrs. Inchbald with Mrs. Siddons grew to a strong friendship, and this extended to the other members of the Kemble family.

Table of Contents
· INTRODUCTION · CHAPTER I. · CHAPTER II. · CHAPTER III. · CHAPTER IV. · CHAPTER V. · CHAPTER VI. · CHAPTER VII. · CHAPTER VIII. · CHAPTER IX. · CHAPTER X. · CHAPTER XI. · CHAPTER XII. · CHAPTER XIII. · CHAPTER XIV. · CHAPTER XV. · CHAPTER XVI. · CHAPTER XVII. · CHAPTER XVIII. · CHAPTER XIX. · CHAPTER XX. · CHAPTER XXI. · CHAPTER XXII. · CHAPTER XXIII. · CHAPTER XXIV. · CHAPTER XXV. · CHAPTER XXVI. · CHAPTER XXVII. · CHAPTER XXVIII. · CHAPTER XXIX. · CHAPTER XXX. · CHAPTER XXXI. · CHAPTER XXXII. · CHAPTER XXXIII. · CHAPTER XXXIV. 1

 

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