Richard Brinsley Sheridan papers
Letters by playwright and politician Richard Brinsley Sheridan, along with financial documents, a theater lease, and a manuscript dedication for his Pizarro.
Language of Materials
Collection materials are in English.
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There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.
Extent.5 linear feet (1 box)
Series I, Letters, consists of ten letters and two postal covers by Sheridan. Most of the letters relate to Sheridan's theatrical career. All but one of the letters were published and annotated in Price's The Letters of Richard Brinsley Sheridan.
Series II, Documents and Manuscripts, consists of four routine financial documents; Sheridan's manuscript dedication of his Pizarro; and a lease from Sheridan to Samuel Hayes for the King's Theatre.
Biographical / Historical
Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816) was born in Dublin, Ireland and raised in 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.
Arranged into the following series:
- I. Correspondence
- II. Documents and Manuscripts
b (shelved with bMS Hyde 84)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
2003JM-58 (part). Bequest of Mary Hyde Eccles, Four Oaks Farm, Somerville, New Jersey; received: 2004.
Processed by: Rick Stattler
- Sheridan, Richard Brinsley, 1751-1816. Richard Brinsley Sheridan papers, 1776-1815: Guide.
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