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MS Thr 5-5.8

Sheridan, Richard Brinsley, 1751-1816. Richard Brinsley Sheridan additional papers, 1753-1868: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: MS, f, pf
Call No.: MS Thr 5-5.8
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Sheridan, Richard Brinsley, 1751-1816.
Title: Richard Brinsley Sheridan additional papers,
Date(s): 1753-1868.
Quantity: 1 collection (2 linear feet (2 boxes and 8 volumes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Autograph manuscripts, correspondence, legal documents, and other papers associated with playwright, politician, and theater proprietor, Richard Brinsley Sheridan.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Acquired from various sources at various times. See each item for acquisition information.

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Preferred Citation for Publication:

Richard Brinsley Sheridan Additional Papers, 1753-1868 (MS Thr 5-5.8). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

fMS Thr 5.9 is cataloged as a single item, see HOLLIS 009252419.
See HOLLIS and OASIS for additional Sheridan material owned by the Houghton Library, but cataloged under separate call-numbers.

Biographical / Historical

Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816) was a playwright, theatre proprietor, and politician. He was born in Dublin, Ireland and later moved to London. He became the manager and part-owner of the Drury Lane Theatre in 1776. He wrote several plays, including the comedies The Rivals (1775) and The School for Scandal (1780). He also served as a Minister of Parliament from 1780 to 1812.


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Scope and Contents

Includes manuscript copies of: August von Kotzebue's Pizarro. The Spaniards in Peru; or, The death of Rolla. A tragedy in five acts ... English translation (1799) with annotations by Sheridan; School for scandal prompt books from Drury Lane Theatre (1777-1779); School for scandal manuscript copy (17--) from Theatre, Smoke Alley, Dublin; School for scandal manuscript copy from Drury Lane Theatre (ca. 1809); School for scandal manuscript copy (before 1785); Sheridan's 1771 autograph manuscript of poem, Clio's protest; Beggar's Opera alterations by Sheridan and William Hopkins; and many other materials.
Two bound volumes include voluminous numbers of documents, prints, and letters by, sent to, and between third parties concerning Sheridan. Volume I mostly concerns his theatrical career, while Volume II is primarily letters written to Sheridan in his capacity as a member of the House of Commons, requesting some favor or service. Includes: portrait engravings; financial records (contracts, bills, receipts); legal documents; theater related compositons, watercolor drawings, and printed broadsides; petitions to the government; House of Commons speeches; some Sheridan family materials (Charles Francis Sheridan (1750-1806), Thomas Sheridan (1775-1817), and others); items concerning the King's Theatre and the Drury Lane Theatre; and many others.

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