DescriptionJohn Tobin & Elizabeth Ogilvie Benger. Memoirs of Mr. John Tobin by Elizabeth Ogilvie Benger. Longman et al., London: 1820. [with:] The Honey Moon. London: Longman,1805. [with:] The Curfew. Second Edition. London: Richard Phillips,1807. [with:] The School For Authors. London: Longman, 1808 [with:] The Faro Table; Or, The Guardians. London: John Murray, 1816. London: Various Publishers, 1805-20. First Edtion of Benger's biography bound with four plays, three first editions. Krown & Spellman retail: $400. 8vo. 1/2 green calf over marbled boards. Banded spine with titles in gilt. All edges gilt. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
John Tobin (1770- 1804), dramatist. "From 1789 Tobin had devoted all his spare time and energy to dramatic composition. His talent was essentially imitative, but he imitated now Sheridan, now the Elizabethans, and now Gay or Foote, with remarkable taste and ingenuity. Superior, however, as was his work to the leaden and mechanical dramas produced at the close of the last century...He came to the conclusion that editing Shakespeare would be a less arduous occupation than combating the obduracy of managers, and he began collecting materials. He was almost delirious with joy on hearing that 'The Honey Moon' had been accepted; but in the meantime alarming symptoms of consumption had manifested themselves. He was told that to save his life he must winter in the West Indies. He set sail accordingly on 7 Dec. 1804, but died the first day out...'The Honey Moon' was given at Drury Lane on 31 Jan. 1805, with Elliston and Bannister in the leading roles, and proved a decided success. It remained a favourite on the English stage for twenty years. But its merits are comparative only, the author having the same mistaken idea as Charles Lamb, that the drama of Shakespeare and Fletcher was a thing for laborious imitation after the lapse of two centuries. Hazlitt thought the plot owed much to the 'Taming of the Shrew;' Genest detected reminiscences of Massinger and other Elizabethans. Tobin really excelled at light comedies and stage lyrics. After his premature death, his rejected pieces of past years were eagerly sought after by the managers." DNB NSTC 2B17830, T1196, T1194, T1197, 2T13454.
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