Category Archives: Memoirs

Inspired by the Past

Snippets 159. Christian Johann Heinrich Heine was a German lyric poet, whose words were set to music by composers including Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann. In his memoirs, published posthumously in 1884, he mentions his uncle, who was a source … Continue reading

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Hellgate, Newgate, Cripplegate and Billingsgate

Snippets 146. In the late 18th Century a familiar family nicknamed “Newgate, Cripplegate, Billingsgate and Hellgate” were notorious among the aristrocracy. Richard Barry, 7th Earl of Barrymore, was known as Hellgate, and lived a short and wild life, dying at the … Continue reading

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Drunken Actors

Snippets 145.  In almost every generation there has been an actor who is known for turning up drunk to work.  They often became famous for it, and all the more popular.  In Thomas Munden’s biography of his father, well-known actor … Continue reading

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The Struggling Actor

Snippets 144.  Joseph Shepherd Munden was a well-known actor during the late 18th and early 19th Centuries, known principally for his comedy performances.  His son Thomas wrote his very entertaining biography, Memoirs of Joseph Shepherd Munden.  The following anecdotes concern … Continue reading

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The Shame of Being a Poet

Snippets 143.  Last week we looked at a quote from the opening to the memoirs of Christian Johann Heinrich Heine, a German lyric poet, whose words were set to music by composers including Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann.   There is … Continue reading

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Mob Justice

Snippets 121. Attitudes towards women, and their treatment by men, has been the source of concern and debate throughout history. The quote below illustrates how travel writer Max O’Rell felt that America was quite progressive in this respect at the … Continue reading

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Don’t Mention Legs!

Snippets 120. Regular readers will know that I often quote from Max O’Rell, one of my favourite authors who deserved to be celebrated and remembered far more than he is. The following is from Jonathan and His Continent (1889), a … Continue reading

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