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The Hunchback

by James Sheridan Knowles

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By the Irish dramatist and actor who was born in Cork. At the age of fourteen he published a ballad entitled The Welsh Harper, which, set to music, was very popular. His best-known play, The Hunchback, was produced at Covent Garden in 1832. The Wife was brought out at the same theatre in 1833; and The Love-Chase in 1837.

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James Sheridan Knowles was born at Cork in 1784, and died at Torquay in December, 1862, at the age of 78. His father was a teacher of elocution, who compiled a dictionary, and who was related to the Sheridans. He moved to London when his son was eight years old, and there became acquainted with William Hazlitt and Charles Lamb. The son, after his school education, obtained a commission in the army, but gave up everything for the stage, and made his first appearance at the Crow Street Theatre, in Dublin.



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