Not So Bad as We Seem, or, Many Sides to a Character: A Comedy in Five Acts

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Not So Bad as We Seem, Or, Many Sides to a Character: A Comedy in Five Acts, was a play written by Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1851, and performed the same year as a charity event to benefit the Literary Guild, a society for struggling authors. The performance was especially notable for its cast, which included novelists Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins, Punch editor Mark Lemon, artists Augustus Egg and John Tenniel, and writers Peter Cunningham and Douglas Jerrold. Dickens and Collins met for the first time during production.[1]

The performance was attended by Queen Victoria, who thought it "full of cleverness, though rather too long."[2]


  1. ^ "Edward Bulwer and Charles Dickens". Victorian Web. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Queen Victoria's Journals". Princess Beatrice's copies. RA VIC/MAIN/QVJ (W). 4 July 1857. Retrieved 24 May 2013.

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