Charles Maturin

Irish writer

Charles Robert Maturin (25 September 178030 October 1824), also known as C.R. Maturin, was an Irish Protestant clergyman (ordained by the Church of Ireland) and a writer of gothic plays and novels.

Portrait of C.R. Maturin, 1819


  • A malady
    Preys on my heart that med'cine cannot reach.
    • Bertram (first staged May 9, 1816), Act IV, scene 2.
  • O wretched is the dame, to whom the sound,
    "Your lord will soon return," no pleasure brings.
    • Bertram (first staged May 9, 1816), Act II, scene 5.
  • 'Tis well to be merry and wise,
    'Tis well to be honest and true;
    'Tis well to be off with the old love,
    Before you are on with the new.
    • Motto to "Bertram," produced at Drury Lane, 1816.
  • They waste life in what are called good resolutions—partial efforts at reformation, feebly commenced, heartlessly conducted, and hopelessly concluded.
    • Reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 384.
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