|Title:||Such Things Are|
|Publisher:||G. G. J. and J. Robinson|
|Tags:||drama, English colonialism, fiction, Sumatra, women playwrights, Indonesia|
This play, combining serious topical subjects with farce, is set in the East Indies, and concerns the tyranny of the Sultan. (Both the setting and the subject gave reference to the impending trial of Warren Hastings, erstwhile governor of India, accused of tyranny and corruption.) The Sultan is reformed by his love for Arabella, whom he supposed dead, but who is found alive in his prison. The character Mr Haswell was based on the prison reformer John Howard. [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Inchbald, Elizabeth
Elizabeth Inchbald (née Simpson) (1753–1821) was an English novelist, actress, and dramatist.
Between 1784 and 1805 she had nineteen of her comedies, sentimental dramas, and farces (many of which were translations from the French) performed at London theatres. Eighteen of her plays were published, though she wrote several more; the exact number is in dispute though most recent commentators claim between 21 and 23. Her two novels have been frequently reprinted. She also did considerable editorial and critical work. Her literary start began with writing for The Artist and Edinburgh Review. A four-volume autobiography was destroyed before her death upon the advice of her confessor, but she left some of her diaries. The latter are currently held at the Folger Shakespeare Library and an edition was recently published.
Her play Lovers' Vows (1798) was featured by Jane Austen in her novel Mansfield Park.--Wikipedia.
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