The author of Melmoth the wanderer (1820) was an Anglican curate in Dublin struggling to maintain his family when Bertram, with the support of Scott and Byron, was produced at Drury Lane. It is a play of violent and excessive emotions. Kean played the title role, one of those villain-heroes descended from Schiller's Moor, and made the part his own. There were opportunities for elaborate stage effects, notably the storm in the first act. The audience was in the mood for Gothic melodrama, and the production was a resounding success, making for its author about $1,000. Coleridge (whose Remorse three years earlier earned $400) wrote a destructive critique of the play: though audiences of today's Theatre of Cruelty, used to drama dealing in emotional states rather than character and narrative, are unlikely to find his criticisms as devastating as Maturin did at the time. And the language, mocked by Coleridge, in its quieter passages has a steady power.

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Used availability for Charles Robert Maturin's Bertram

Hardback Editions

September 2016 : USA Hardback
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Title: Bertram: A Tragedy in Five Acts
Author(s): Charles Robert 1780-1824 Maturin
ISBN: 1-360-75143-2 / 978-1-360-75143-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Wentworth Press
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August 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: Bertram
Author(s): Charles Robert Maturin
ISBN: 1-340-66248-5 / 978-1-340-66248-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Palala Press
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September 1992 : UK Hardback

Title: Bertram: Or, the Castle of St.Aldobrand (Revolution & Romanticism, 1789-1834)
Author(s): Charles Robert Maturin
ISBN: 1-85477-120-5 / 978-1-85477-120-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Woodstock Books
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Paperback Editions

August 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: Bertram
Author(s): Charles Robert Maturin
ISBN: 1-175-71791-6 / 978-1-175-71791-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nabu Press
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