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John Westland Marston

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(1819–90), dramatic poet and critic, who contributed to the Athenaeum, wrote several critical works, and more than a dozen plays, including the successful The Patrician's ...

Marston, John Westland

Marston, John Westland (1819–90)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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2009
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..., John Westland ( 1819–90 ) Dramatic poet and critic , who contributed to the Athenaeum , wrote several critical works, and more than a dozen plays, including the successful The Patrician's Daughter , performed at Drury Lane in 1842 . His son Philip Bourke Marston ( 1850–87 ) published poems and short stories ( Collected Poems , 1892 ). Their London home was a meeting place for many eminent friends in the theatrical and literary world, including Edmund Kean , William Macready , Charles Dickens , A. C. Swinburne , and D. G. Rossetti...

Marston, John Westland

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The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature (4 ed.)

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2013
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..., John Westland ( 1819–90 ) Dramatic poet and critic , who contributed to the Athenaeum , wrote several critical works, and more than a dozen plays, including the successful The Patrician's Daughter , performed at Drury Lane in 1842 . His son Philip Bourke Marston ( 1850–87 ) published poems and short stories ( Collected Poems , 1892 ). Their London home was a meeting place for many eminent friends in the theatrical and literary world, including Edmund Kean , William Macready , Charles Dickens , A. C. Swinburne , and D. G. Rossetti...

John Westland Marston

John Westland Marston  

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(1819–90),dramatic poet and critic, who contributed to the Athenaeum, wrote several critical works, and more than a dozen plays, including the successful The Patrician's Daughter, performed in 1842. ...
Dutch Courtezan

Dutch Courtezan  

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A comedy by Marston, printed 1605.
What You Will

What You Will  

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The subtitle of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night; its meaning is ‘whatever you want to call it’. It is clearly connected, in some way, with Marston's What You Will which probably appeared in 1601.
Poetaster

Poetaster  

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A comedy by Jonson, performed 1601, printed 1602.Set in the court of the Emperor Augustus, the main plot concerns the conspiracy of the poetaster Crispinus and his friend Demetrius (who represent ...
Malcontent

Malcontent  

A tragi‐comedy by Marston, published 1604(with additions by Webster).The central character is Altofronto, banished Duke of Genoa, disguised as the malcontent Malevole; in this role he reveals to his ...
Spasmodic school

Spasmodic school  

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A term applied by Aytoun to a group of poets which included P. J. Bailey, J. Marston, S. Dobell, and Alexander Smith. Their works for a brief while enjoyed great esteem; this was largely destroyed by ...
Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit

Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit  

A novel by Dickens, published 1843–4.Martin, the hero, is the grandson of old Martin Chuzzlewit, a wealthy gentleman made misanthropical by the greed of his family. The old man has reared Mary ...
James Sheridan Knowles

James Sheridan Knowles  

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(1784–1862),Irish-born playwright, a cousin of R. B. Sheridan and a close friend of Coleridge, Hazlitt, and Charles Lamb. In 1808 he was a member of the Crow Street Theatre ...
William Charles Macready

William Charles Macready  

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(1793–1873)English actor and manager. In 1816 he made his London debut and soon established himself as a major actor. Before his first period of management Macready had played many ...
Ben Jonson

Ben Jonson  

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(1572/3–1637),born in London of Border descent. He was educated at Westminster School under Camden. During the early 1590s he worked as a bricklayer in his stepfather's employ, and saw military ...
Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens  

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(1812–70),English novelist, whose first tour of the U.S. (Jan.–May 1842) is described in his American Notes for General Circulation (1842), and furnished the background for portions of Martin ...
Harley, John Pritt

Harley, John Pritt (1786–1858)   Reference library

Jim Davis

Oxford Reader's Companion to Dickens

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Current Version:
2011
Subject:
Literature, Literary studies (19th century)
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327 words

.... Dickens also wrote the farce The strange Gentleman , based on ‘The Great Winglebury Duel’ ( SB ), at Harley 's request. Although Harley 's performance ensured it a long run, Is She His Wife? ( 1837 ), also written for Harley by Dickens, proved less successful. Westland marston claimed that Harley ‘had too little depth, too little discrimination of character, to merit the name of a fine comedian, but he was, beyond doubt, a very amusing one. In his airy, chattering, mercurial way, he overflowed with fun and self-enjoyment’ ( Our Recent Actors , ...

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Jim Davis

Oxford Reader's Companion to Dickens

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2011
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Literature, Literary studies (19th century)
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...F. Dubrez , Dickens the Dramatist: On Stage, Screen, and Radio (1952). Fitzgerald, S. J. Adair , Dickens and the Drama (1910). Johnson, Eleanor and Edgar (eds.), The Dickens Theatrical Reader (1964). Lewes, G. H. , On Actors and the Art of Acting (1875). Marston, Westland , Our Recent Actors (1888). Pemberton, Thomas E. , Charles Dickens and the Stage (1888)....

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