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PRINTED UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF THE MANAGERs

FROM THE PROMPT BOOK.

witH REMARKS

BY MRS. INCHBALD.

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR LONG MAN, HURST, REES, ORME, AND BROWN, PATERNOSTER-ROW,

Printed by Augustus Applegath and Edward Cowper, 24, Nelson-Square, Great Surrey-Street,

REMARKS.

PRECEDINg a play like this, it would be peculiarly injudicious to say a word which might anticipate that interest, and that admiration, which the reader, of good taste, and strong nerves, must feel in the perusal.

Dialogue, character, fable, incident, all combine to render this little three act drama one of the most powerful, at the same time the most instructive, the stage has to boast—yet, for want of that robust constitution just alluded to, which implies strength of mind as well as body, an audience shrink from beholding it performed; and even certain tremulous readers should be forewarned, not to proceed so far as the catastrophe.

The author of this tragedy was a man of a very singular imagination, for all his plays are of a species almost wholly distinct from those of every other dramatic writer. “George Barnwell,” as well as “Fatal Curiosity,” is a proof of the particularity of Lillo's muse; and, to be original both in design and execution, is surely one of the highest encomiums that an artist can deserve.

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