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Theodore E. Hook Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: September 22, 1788
Died: August 24, 1841
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Theodore Edward Hook (1788-1841), the son of popular songwriter James Hook, starred in comic operas and other musical entertainments from age 16. He was also a renowned playboy and practical joker. In 1812, royal patronage secured him the office of Treasurer of Mauritius, but in 1817 an audit revealed theft by one of his deputies, and Hook was held responsible for the missing funds. Recalled to London, he was cleared of criminal charges but subjected to a 5-year inquiry by the Audit Board, held liable for the debt, and briefly imprisoned when unable to pay it. Despite his financial woes, Hook founded a very successful journal, John Bull, through which he gained a great reputation as a Tory satirist. Several novels followed, racy and semi-autobiographical, making Hook the best-selling British novelist prior to Charles Dickens.

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