Biographia Dramatica: Or, A Companion to the Playhouse: Containing Historical and Critical Memoirs, and Original Anecdotes, of British and Irish Dramatic Writers, from the Commencement of Our Theatrical Exhibitions; Amongst Whom are Some of the Most Celebrated Actors. Also an Alphabetical Account, and Chronological Lists, of Their Works, the Dates when Printed, and Observations on Their Merits. Together with an Introductory View of the Rise and Progress of the British Stage, Volume 1, Issue 1

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Longman, Hurst, Rees, 1812 - English drama - 404 pages
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Page 199 - Dryden sent a challenge to the lord Jefferies, who refusing to answer it, he sent several others, and went often himself; but could neither get a letter delivered, nor admittance to speak to him: which so...
Page 148 - That Mr. Cowley had not left a better man behind him in England.
Page 257 - Whatever may be the changes of my future life, the deepest impression of your kindness will always remain here* (putting his hand on his breast) 'fixed and unalterable. 'I will very readily agree to my successors having more skill and ability for their station than I have; but I defy them all to take more sincere, and more uninterrupted pains for your favour, or to be more truly sensible of it, than is your humble servant.
Page 363 - to enable his majesty to appoint commissioners, with sufficient powers to treat, consult, and agree upon the means of quieting the disorders now subsisting in certain of the colonies, plantations, and provinces of North America.
Page lxxvi - I hope that you have some commands; I shall hold them most sacred." May distant ages not only hear, but feel, the reply! Forcibly grasping the youth's hand, he softly said, "See in what peace a Christian can die!
Page 264 - The person who acted Polly, till then obscure, became all at once the favourite of the Town. Her pictures were engraved and sold in great numbers, her life written, books of letters and verses to her published, and pamphlets made even of her sayings and jests. ' Furthermore, it drove out of England for that season the Italian opera, which had carried all before it for ten years...
Page 203 - Posterity is absolutely mistaken as to that great man : though forced to be a satirist, he was the mildest creature breathing, and the readiest to help the young and deserving. Though his comedies are horribly full of double entendre, yet 'twas owing to a false complaisance. He was, in company, the modestest man that ever conversed.
Page 170 - whom,' says he, ' I found of so quick a fancy, that nothing was proposed to him in which he could not suddenly produce a thought extremely pleasant and surprising ; and those first thoughts of his, contrary to the Latin proverb, were not always the least happy; and as his fancy was quick, so likewise were the products of it remote and new. He borrowed not of any other, and his imaginations were such as could not easily enter into any other man.
Page 207 - Tom observed to me, that after having written more odes than Horace, and about four times as many comedies as Terence, he was reduced to great difficulties, by the importunities of a set of men, who, of late years, had furnished him with the accommodations of life, and would not, as we say, be paid with a song.
Page 36 - Shakespeare himself, find any but dry, incoherent, and broken sentences : but a reader that has seen Betterton act it, observes there could not be a word added ; that longer speeches had been unnatural, nay impossible, in Othello's circumstances.

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