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(1572—1637) poet and playwright

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One of the more or less equal divisions of Western plays, conventionally numbering one to five, usually marked by some combination of (a) an interruption of chronological continuity, (b) a ...
Admiral's Men

Admiral's Men  

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Elizabethan company which, with Edward Alleyn as their star actor, was the only real rival of the Chamberlain's Men. Their patron was Lord Howard, who became an admiral in 1585 ...
Aemilia Lanyer

Aemilia Lanyer  

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Aemilia Bassano Lanyer (1569–1645) published one volume of verse, Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum (Hail God, King of the Jews, 1611), notable for its variety, quality, and protofeminist stance. Lanyer may ...
Alchemist

Alchemist  

A comedy by Jonson, performed by the King's Men 1610, printed 1612, by many considered the greatest of his plays.Lovewit, during an epidemic of the plague, leaves his house in Blackfriars in London ...
Alec Guinness

Alec Guinness  

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(1914–2001)English actor and director. After initial difficulties at the Old Vic, struggling to meet the expectations of Gielgud and Guthrie, he developed into an accomplished actor in the 1930s ...
Alfonso Ferrabosco

Alfonso Ferrabosco  

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(1543–88), and(c.1575–1628),Italian composers in England. Alfonso the Elder, after a youthful career as an instrumentalist and singer in France, moved to England where he was a musician to ...
amateur theatricals of Dickens

amateur theatricals of Dickens  

Dickens's first piece of writing, Misnar, Sultan of India, was a drama based very closely on his favourite childhood reading, The Arabian Nights. Fairly certainly, its 9-year-old author wrote it not ...
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.
André Barsacq

André Barsacq  

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(b. Theodosia, Crimea, 24 Jan. 1909; d. Paris, 3 Feb. 1973)Designer and director. After moving to France and working for Dullin as a designer, he collaborated with Saint-Denis and ...
Anne of Denmark

Anne of Denmark  

(1574–1619),queen of James VI and I. Anne was daughter of Frederick II of Denmark and Norway. The marriage to James VI on 23 November 1589 was followed by her coronation in May 1590. Anne was ...
Anthony Munday

Anthony Munday  

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(1560–1633),hack‐writer, wrote or collaborated in a number of plays, and was ridiculed by Jonson as Antonio Balladino in The Case is Altered. Munday wrote ballads, and as ‘Shepheard Tonie’ ...
Antonio and Mellida

Antonio and Mellida  

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A two‐part play by J. Marston, printed 1602, probably acted two years earlier; it provided Jonson with materials for his ridicule of Marston in The Poetaster. Set in Italy, it is a drama of passion ...
Apollodorus

Apollodorus  

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Of Athens (c.180–after 120 bc), the last of a series of intellectual giants in Alexandria.His Chronicle was based on the researches of Eratosthenes, although it extended coverage beyond the death of ...
Arthur Bliss

Arthur Bliss  

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(b London, 2 Aug. 1891; d London, 27 Mar. 1975)British composer. He was closely associated with the early years of Sadler's Wells Ballet, for which he wrote the music for de Valois's Checkmate (1937, ...
Aubrey Beardsley

Aubrey Beardsley  

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(1872–98),illustrator and writer, notorious in the 1890s as the outstanding artist of fin‐de‐siIcle decadence. His disturbingly erotic drawings develop rapidly from the murky sensuality of ...
Augustine Phillips

Augustine Phillips  

(d. 1605)An actor, one of the original Lord Chamberlain's Men (Shakespeare's company) from their formation in 1594; named among the list of the Principal Actors in the First Folio of Shakespeare's ...
Authorized Version

Authorized Version  

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An English translation of the Bible made in 1611 at the order of James I and still widely used, though never formally ‘authorized’. Also called the King James Bible.
bardolatry

bardolatry  

[bar-dol-ătri]Excessive veneration of Shakespeare. Ben Jonson said of Shakespeare, ‘I loved the man, and do honour his memory, on this side idolatry, as much as any.’ A bardolater is one who goes ...
Bartholomew Fair

Bartholomew Fair  

A comedy by Jonson, performed 1614, printed 1631. The play is set at the fair which took place at Smithfield on 24 August, St Bartholomew's Day, and follows the fortunes of various visitors to it: ...
Battista Guarini

Battista Guarini  

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(1538–1612),author of the pastoral drama Il pastor fido (1589), which had a considerable vogue in England in the 17th cent., where it was translated many times; notably by Sir Richard Fanshawe in ...

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