A History of English Dramatic Literature to the Death of Queen Anne

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General Books LLC, 2012 - 426 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...still regarded as the veteran chief of English literature, of the world The Mermaid days had passed of which Beaumont had ' etters' sung, when the 'best gamesters' had gathered around him as his equals, at least in spirit3. The frequenters of the 'Apollo' room in his favourite Devil Tavern were now the charmed circle over which he presided, and which he ruled as a constitutional monarch according to the provisions of the charter drawn up by himself4. But his friends and admirers were not confined to those who were ' sealed of the tribe of Ben 6.' Contemporary literature of every description--from 1 This may be gathered from the Duke's assertion (quoted by Gilford, p. xvi, from the Duchess' Letters that ' he never heard any read well but Beri Jonson.' In return, Jonson complimented the Duke on his fencing and on his horsemanship (Underwoods, Ixxxix and Ixxii), --not, so far as I know, on his plays. 3 His History of Henry V, complete with the exception of the last year of the reign, had unfortunately perished with his library. See Master Francis Beaumont's Letter to Ben Jonson (Cunningham, vol. i, and in the Works of Beaumont and Fletcher). See the Leges Convivales (Cunningham, vol. iii), and GifTord's note. One rule is particularly good: ' Insipida poemata nulla recitantor'; and another likewise deserves quotation: ' Vina puris fontibus ministrentur aut vapulet hospes.' 5 Cf. Underwoods, Ixvi.--According to Wood, Jonson was himself in the VOL. II. V Character of his com-bativentss. Clarendon to Milton, and from Milton to Herrick--abounds with testimonies together proving his position to have been unrivalled among the men of letters of his times; and on his death a crowd of poets hastened to pay their tributes of acknowledgment to one who seems to...

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