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(1743—1809) playwright and poet

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Anacreon

Anacreon  

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(c. 570–478 bc),Greek lyric poet. The surviving fragments of his work include iambic invectives and elegiac epitaphs, but he is most famous for his poetry written in celebration of love and wine.
Belle's Stratagem

Belle's Stratagem  

A comedy by Mrs H. Cowley, produced 1780.The play recounts the successful endeavours of Letitia to win the heart of her childhood friend Doricourt, who at first woos her only out of obedience to ...
Della Cruscans

Della Cruscans  

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A band of poets, led by Robert Merry (1755–98), who produced affected, sentimental, and highly ornamented verse towards the end of the 18th cent. Merry lived in Florence from 1784 to 1787 as a member ...
Gothic drama

Gothic drama  

Is a twentieth-century generic category for a number of plays which engage similar conventions and themes to those of the Gothic novel, and the Gothic effect in landscape gardening, landscape ...
Hannah More

Hannah More  

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(1745–1833),an eminent member of the Blue Stocking Circle. She published in 1773 The Search for Happiness, a pastoral play for schools, and came to London in 1774, where she became a friend of ...
Harriet Constance Smithson

Harriet Constance Smithson  

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(1800–54)Irish actress and muse. She made her Dublin debut at 14 and her Drury Lane debut at 17, after which she stayed in London playing roles which required grace ...
Jacob Tonson

Jacob Tonson  

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(1655–1736)Publisher and bookseller, the son of a barber‐surgeon; he established himself in 1678 with his brother Richard (1653–90) and eventually took his nephew Jacob (1682–1735) into the business, ...
Lives of the English Poets

Lives of the English Poets  

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By Dr Johnson, published 1779–81.Johnson was invited in 1777 by a deputation of London booksellers to provide biographical prefaces for an edition of the works of selected English poets, from the ...
Mary Robinson

Mary Robinson  

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(1758–1800),writer and actress. In 1774 she married Thomas Robinson, who incurred debts; she published Poems (1775), and became mistress of the prince of Wales (George IV) in 1779. Among her numerous ...
masquerades

masquerades  

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Are fashionable assemblies at which persons wear masks and disguises and divert themselves with dancing, conversation, and other amusements. The origin of the term masquerade is obscure: etymologists ...
ode

ode  

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In literature, a lyrical poem. In Ancient Greece an ode was recited to mus. acc. In its mus. sense, the term often means a ceremonial work, e.g. Purcell's Ode for St Cecilia's Day and Elgar's ...
Pindar

Pindar  

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Greek lyric poet, native of Cynoscephalae in Boeotia, b. probably in 518 bc. His last datable composition belongs in or shortly after 446. He achieved panhellenic recognition early; at the age of 20 ...
Richard Crashaw

Richard Crashaw  

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(1612/13–49),poet, became a Catholic convert c.1645 and fled to Paris, where his friend Cowley persuaded Queen Henrietta Maria to interest herself on his behalf. Through her influence he moved to ...
Robert Merry

Robert Merry  

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(1755–98)English poet and dramatist, educated at Rugby School and Christ's College, Cambridge, known as *‘Della Crusca’. Resident in Florence in the mid-1780s, he adopted his pseudonym after the ...
Robert William Elliston

Robert William Elliston  

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(1774–1831)English actor and manager. After two years on the York circuit, Elliston joined the Bath Theatre Royal in 1793, appeared at the Haymarket in London, and arrived at Drury ...
Royal Society

Royal Society  

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Founded in London in 1660 to promote the discussion of science, the Royal Society is the leading academic institution for scientists. Its published Transactions shed a flood of light on scientific ...
Sir Henry Irving

Sir Henry Irving  

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(1838–1905),originally John Henry Brodribb, achieved fame as an actor for his performance in The Bells (1871–2), and afterwards scored successes in a large number of Shakespearian and other parts, ...
Thomas Sprat

Thomas Sprat  

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(1635–1713)Educated at Wadham College, Oxford, bishop of Rochester and dean of Westminster. Politically he was inclined to be a *‘Vicar of Bray’; he sat on James II's objectionable ecclesiastical ...
Torquato Tasso

Torquato Tasso  

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(1544–95),son of Bernardo Tasso (author of an epic on Amadis of Gaul), spent many years at the court of Ferrara. He was from early life in constant terror of persecution and adverse criticism, and ...
William Terriss

William Terriss  

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(1847–97)English actor. His early career as a tea planter and sheep farmer added to his reputation for athletic and vigorous roles, which he assumed with ease, and he was ...

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