Charles Dibdin


Charles Dibdin the younger (Charles Isaac Mungo Dibdin) was the illegitimate son of dramatist Charles Dibdin (1745-1814) and the actress Harriet Pitt; he was raised by an uncle who apprenticed him to a pawnbroker. Dibdin edited the Cabinet Magazine (1796-97), wrote for the periodical press, and afterwards for the theater, for which he is said to have composed 2000 songs. He was the proprietor of Sadler's Wells Theatre and author of many farces. Charles Lamb corresponded with his son, John Bates Dibdin.


1807Charity. In Imitation of Spenser.


The age: a satire, in six cantos. 1795.
Wizard's wake: or harlequin's regeneration. 1803.
The little gipsies. 1804.
Harlequin and the water kelpie. 1806.
Mirth and metre: consisting of poems, serious, humorous and satirical. 1807.
The wild man: or the water pageant. 1809.
The council of ten: or the lake of the grotto. 1811.
The farmer's wife. 1814.
My spouse and I. 1815.
Young Arthur, or the child of mystery: a metrical romance. 1819.
Life in London: or the day and night adventures of Logic, Tom, and Jerry. 1821.
Comic tales and lyrical fancies: including the Chessiad, a mock heroic in five cantos; and the wreath of love in four cantos. 1825.
History and illustrations of the London theatres: comprising an account of the origin and progress of the drama in England. 1826.
The high-mettled racer. 1831.