The Pantomime Life of Joseph Grimaldi
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Joseph Grimaldi was the most celebrated comedian in Georgian England, whose genius brought him great wealth and a social circle that included Byron, Hazlitt and the young Dickens, who ghosted his memoirs. But his life was blighted by tragedy, and the clown's mask concealed a debilitating struggle with depression. Rumbustious and fast-paced, this award-winning biography from a stand-up comic turned academic paints a vivid panorama of early 19th-century theatrical life.