Charles Dibdin

(1745—1814) actor, composer, and writer

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actor, dramatist, and song‐writer, is best remembered for his sea songs, including ‘The Lass that Loved a Sailor’ and ‘Tom Bowling’. He wrote many musical entertainments (including The Waterman, 1774) and dramatic monologues; also an autobiography, The Professional Life of Mr Dibdin… with the Words of Six Hundred Songs (4 vols, 1803), in which he describes his relations with Garrick and others.

Subjects: Literature.

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