Memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi.

Dickens, Charles.

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Grimaldi was one of the greatest clown and pantomime artists of his day, yet he died a poor and crippled man. To honor his memory, each year in Hackney, London, hundreds of clowns gather to pay their respect and put on a show for the children. Grimaldi had previously written his autobiography but in 1837, the young Charles Dickens was asked to ‘tidy it up’, and this memoir is the result.


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In 1837 Charles Dickens, then twenty-five years old, was asked to 'tidy up' Joseph Grimaldi's autobiography - he ended up re-writing most of it. Joseph Grimaldi (1778-1837), one of the greatest English clowns and pantomimes of all time, was born in London to an Italian ballet-master and a dancer in the theatre's corps-de-ballet. The death of Grimaldi's father when he was nine plunged the family into debt. He was introduced to the stage at the age of two and began performing at the Sadler's Wells theatre at the age of three. Grimaldi's fame as a pantomime clown was unequalled and he is credited as an innovator. He introduced the tradition of audience participation, of poking fun at spectators, and generally the modern concept of the clown as such. He died a poor and physically crippled man.

Book Details

Author Dickens, Charles.
Format PB
Publisher Pushkin Press
Imprint Pushkin Press
Number of Pages 360
Publish Date 26/10/2007
Catalogue BI001
Catalogue book number 138