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Richard Cumberland (1732–1811)

Cumberland, Richard. An English dramatist, novelist, essayist, and poet, grandson of Richard Bentley; born at Cambridge, Feb. 19, 1732; died at Turnbridge Wells, May 7, 1811. Of good family and the highest prospects, he was discredited and impoverished in public service, and made literature a profession. His comedies, ‘The West Indian’; ‘The Wheel of Fortune’; ‘The Jew’; and ‘The Fashionable Lover,’ are an epitome of the culture of the time; as are his essays, collected under the title of ‘The Observer.’ He wrote novels, tracts, religious and didactic poems, not now important; ‘Anecdotes of Eminent Painters in Spain’; ‘Memoirs’ (1806).