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review: The World’s a Stage

The World’s a Stage Kathleen Kellow 18th Century Irish actress Peg Woffington and actor/manager David Garrick are brought to life in this rather hard-to-find novel by Kathleen Kellow (a pseudonym of historical author Jean Plaidy). Peg began life in a poor home without a father, and found her calling at an early age. She rose to fame in Ireland playing in a juvenile show that was ultimately shut down by the sanctioned theater, who quickly took Peg into their troupe. There she met a gentleman who later gained her entrance to Covent Garden in London. She was already the most famous actress of her day when she met David Garrick, who at the time was simply a wine seller and aspiring actor. Theirs was a…

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review: Rochester, the Mad Earl

Rochester, the Mad Earl by Kathleen Kellow The adventures and exploits of John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester, are resurrected in this 1957 novel by Jean Plaidy, under one of her lesser-known pseudonyms—Kathleen Kellow. Rochester’s father, Henry Wilmot, was responsible for cutting the Roundhead-pursued Charles II’s curls, helping him escape the country incognito during Cromwell’s rule. The 1st Earl of Rochester was steadfast by his side, while his wife ran a Puritan household in order to hang on to some family assets. Though he died before Charles was restored to the throne, the King did not forget the man who shared his impoverished exile. Rochester, true to the Royalist cause, came of age just as the King returned to England, and thus was rewarded with…

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