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Richard Brinsley Peake

Richard Brinsley Peake, 1792-1847, English dramatist.

Peake was a popular and prolific dramatist, producing his first play in 1818 and continuing to write until his death. For many years he was employed by the English Opera House. Few of his works are remembered now, but in addition to Presumption, the first dramatic adaptation of Frankenstein, he wrote a large number of successful melodramas and farces, including the Gothic melodrama The Bottle Imp (1823) and The Evil Eye (1831).