Mary Robinson as Dramatist: The Nobody Catastrophe

@article{Brewer2006MaryRA,
  title={Mary Robinson as Dramatist: The Nobody Catastrophe},
  author={William D. Brewer},
  journal={European Romantic Review},
  year={2006},
  volume={17},
  pages={265 - 273}
}
  • W. Brewer
  • Published 1 July 2006
  • History
  • European Romantic Review
The premiere of the two‐act comedy Nobody at Drury Lane on November 29, 1794 was an unmitigated disaster for Mary “Perdita” Robinson. She miscalculated the impact of a satire on female gamesters on the upper‐class Whig establishment. The comedy was damned in advance: aristocrats sent their servants to “do up Nobody,” and the farce closed after three performances; ending Robinson’s career as a Drury Lane playwright. This essay examines Robinson’s theatrical catastrophe within its historical… 
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