Colley Cibber (2148 words)


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Most readers, if they are acquainted with the name ‘Colley Cibber’ at all, have encountered him in the opening chapter of Henry Fielding’s novel, Joseph Andrews, which is entitled, “Of writing Lives in general…with a Word by the bye of Colley Cibber and others” (15). In this lampoon, Fielding satirizes Cibber’s recently published memoir, An Apology for the Life of Colley Cibber (1740) with the remark, “[this book] deals in Male-Virtue, [and] was written by the great Person himself, who lived the Life he hath recorded, and is by many thought to have lived such a Life only in order to write it … How artfully doth [the author], by insinuating that …

Citation: Grasso, Joshua. "Colley Cibber". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 March 2019 [, accessed 25 October 2020.]

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