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William Rowley
WILLIAM ROWLEY (c.1585 – February 1626) was an English Jacobean dramatist , best known for works written in collaboration with more successful writers. His date of birth is estimated to have been c. 1585; he was buried on 11 February 1626 in the graveyard of St James\'s, Clerkenwell in north London. (An unambiguous record of Rowley's death was discovered in 1928, but some authorities persist in listing his death-date as 1642.) CONTENTS * 1 Life and work * 2 Plays by Rowley * 3 Notes * 4 References * 5 External links LIFE AND WORKRowley was an actor-playwright who specialized in playing clown characters (that is, characters whose function is to provide low comedy). He must also have been a large man, since his forte lay specifically in fat-clown roles. He played the Fat Bishop in Thomas Middleton 's A Game at Chess , and Plumporridge in the same author's Inner Temple Masque
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Dictionary Of National Biography
The DICTIONARY OF NATIONAL BIOGRAPHY (DNB) is a standard work of reference on notable figures from British history , published from 1885. The updated OXFORD DICTIONARY OF NATIONAL BIOGRAPHY (ODNB) was published on 23 September 2004 in 60 volumes and online, with 50,113 biographical articles covering 54,922 lives. CONTENTS * 1 First series * 2 Supplements and revisions * 3 Concise dictionary * 4 Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Biography
* 5 First series contents * 6 See also * 7 Notes * 8 External links FIRST SERIESHoping to emulate national biographical collections published elsewhere in Europe, such as the Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (1875), in 1882 the publisher George Smith (1824–1901), of Smith, Elder "> George Murray Smith conceived of the DNB, subsidised it, and saw it finally into print before he died in 1901
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Andrew John Gurr
ANDREW JOHN GURR (born 23 December 1936) is a contemporary literary scholar who specializes in William Shakespeare and English Renaissance theatre . CONTENTS * 1 Life and work * 2 Books by Andrew Gurr * 3 See also * 4 References * 5 External links LIFE AND WORKBorn in Leicester , Gurr was raised in New Zealand , and educated at the University of Auckland and at Cambridge University . He has taught at the Universities of Wellington , Leeds , and Nairobi (1969–73); at the latter institution he was also head of his department. He taught at the University of Reading before his retirement. Gurr co-wrote a 1981 study of Katherine Mansfield (with Claire Hanson) and two books on African literature; but he is best known for his books on Shakespeare and his contemporaries, and the theatre of that historical era—books that are recognized and utilized as essential references on English Renaissance drama
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Edmund Kerchever Chambers
SIR EDMUND KERCHEVER CHAMBERS, KBE , CB , FBA (16 March 1866 – 21 January 1954), usually cited as E. K. CHAMBERS, was an English literary critic and Shakespearean scholar. His four-volume history of Elizabethan theater, published in 1923, remains a standard resource for scholars of the period's drama. CONTENTS * 1 Biography * 2 Works * 3 See also * 4 References * 5 External links BIOGRAPHYChambers was born in West Ilsley , Berkshire
Berkshire
; his father was a curate and his mother was the daughter of a Victorian theologian. He was educated at Marlborough College
Marlborough College
before matriculating at Corpus Christi College, Oxford . He won a number of prizes, including the chancellor's prize in English for an essay on literary forgery . He took a job with the national education department and married Eleanor Bowman in 1893
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Hope Theatre
The HOPE THEATRE was one of the theatres built in and around London for the presentation of plays in English Renaissance theatre , comparable to the Globe , the Curtain , the Swan , and other famous theatres of the era. The Hope was built in 1613–14 by Philip Henslowe and a partner, Jacob Meade, on the site of the old Beargarden on the Bankside in Southwark , on the south side of the River Thames — at that time, outside the legal bounds of the City of London . Henslowe had had a financial interest in the Beargarden (the ring for bear-baiting and similar "animal sports") since 1594; on 29 August 1613 he contracted with the carpenter Gilbert Katherens to tear down the Beargarden, and to build a theatre in its place, for a fee of £360. (After the Hope was built, it was often still called the "Beargarden" in common parlance and in the extant documentary record.) Construction was slow, taking over a year
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Gerald Eades Bentley
GERALD EADES BENTLEY (September 15, 1901 – July 25, 1994) was an American academic and literary scholar, best remembered for his seven-volume work, The Jacobean and Caroline Stage, published by Oxford University Press between 1941 and 1968. That work, modeled on Edmund Kerchever Chambers ' classic four-volume The Elizabethan Stage, has itself become a standard and essential reference work on English Renaissance theatre . Bentley was born in Brazil, Indiana , the son of a Methodist clergyman. Originally intending to be a creative writer, he changed his career to literary scholarship during his graduate studies. He earned his B.A. at DePauw University (1923), his M.A. in English at the University of Illinois (1926), and his Ph.D. at the University of London (1929), studying under Allardyce Nicoll
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Globe Theatre
The GLOBE THEATRE was a theatre in London associated with William Shakespeare
Shakespeare
. It was built in 1599 by Shakespeare's playing company , the Lord Chamberlain\'s Men , on land owned by Thomas Brend and inherited by his son, Nicholas Brend and grandson Sir Matthew Brend , and was destroyed by fire on 29 June 1613. A second Globe Theatre
Globe Theatre
was built on the same site by June 1614 and closed by an Ordinance issued on 6 September 1642 . A modern reconstruction of the Globe, named "Shakespeare\'s Globe ", opened in 1997 approximately 750 feet (230 m) from the site of the original theatre. From 1909, the current Gielgud Theatre
Gielgud Theatre
was called "Globe Theatre", until it was renamed (in honour of John Gielgud
John Gielgud
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Thomas Seccombe
THOMAS SECCOMBE (1866—1923) was a miscellaneous English writer and, from 1891 to 1901, assistant editor of the Dictionary of National Biography , in which he wrote over 700 entries. He was educated at Felsted and Balliol College, Oxford , taking a first in Modern History in 1889. WORKS * Twelve Bad Men (1894) * The Age of Johnson (1900) * The Age of Shakespeare (with John William Allen (1865–1944), 1903) * Bookman History of English Literature (with W. Robertson Nicoll , 1905-6) * In Praise of Oxford (1910) * The Dictionary of National Biography
Dictionary of National Biography
(assistant editor)REFERENCES * ^ "SECCOMBE, Thomas". Who's Who. Vol. 59. 1907. p. 1577. * Cousin, John W. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature. 1910. * Mullin, Katherine. "Seccombe, Thomas". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi :10.1093/ref:odnb/36001
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England
ENGLAND is a country that is part of the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
. It shares land borders with Scotland
Scotland
to the north and Wales
Wales
to the west. The Irish Sea lies northwest of England
England
and the Celtic Sea lies to the southwest. England
England
is separated from continental Europe
Europe
by the North Sea to the east and the English Channel
English Channel
to the south. The country covers five-eighths of the island of Great Britain
Great Britain
(which lies in the North Atlantic ) in its centre and south, and includes over 100 smaller named islands such as the Isles of Scilly and the Isle of Wight
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Dramatist
A PLAYWRIGHT, also known as a DRAMATIST, is a person who writes plays . CONTENTS * 1 Etymology * 2 History * 2.1 Early playwrights * 2.2 Aristotle\'s Poetics techniques * 2.3 Neo-classical theory * 2.4 Well-made play * 3 Play formats * 4 Contemporary playwrights in America * 5 New play development in America * 6 See also * 7 References * 8 External links ETYMOLOGYThe term is not a variant spelling of "playwrite", but something quite distinct: the word wright is an archaic English term for a craftsman or builder (as in a wheelwright or cartwright ). Hence the prefix and the suffix combine to indicate someone who has "wrought" words, themes, and other elements into a dramatic form - someone who crafts plays. The homophone with "write" is in this case entirely coincidental
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St James's, Clerkenwell
ST JAMES CHURCH, CLERKENWELL, is an Anglican parish church in Clerkenwell, London, England . St James's Church and Clerkenwell Green CONTENTS* 1 History * 1.1 Nunnery of St Mary: c. 1100–1539 * 1.2 Old Church of St James: 1540–1788 * 1.3 New Church of St James: 1792–present * 2 Historical features * 3 The church now * 4 The crypt * 5 References HISTORYNUNNERY OF ST MARY: C. 1100–1539The parish of St James, Clerkenwell, has had a long and sometimes lively history. The springs which give Clerkenwell its name are mentioned during the reign of Henry II . The parish clerks of London used to perform their mystery plays, plays based on Biblical themes, in the neighbourhood, sometimes in the presence of royalty. In approximately 1100 a Norman baron named Jordan Briset founded an Augustine nunnery dedicated to St Mary, which became wealthy and influential
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New International Encyclopedia
The NEW INTERNATIONAL ENCYCLOPEDIA was an American encyclopedia first published in 1902 by Dodd, Mead and Company . It descended from the International Cyclopaedia (1884) and was updated in 1906, 1914 and 1926. CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 Features * 3 Contributors and office editors * 4 References * 5 External links HISTORYThe New International Encyclopedia
New International Encyclopedia
was the successor of the International Cyclopaedia (1884). Initially, the International Cyclopaedia was largely a reprint of Alden's Library of Universal Knowledge, which was a reprint of the British Chambers\'s Encyclopaedia with American additions (including many biographical entries for Americans). The local Cyclopaedia was much improved by editors Harry Thurston Peck and Selim Peabody
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Curtain Playhouse
THE CURTAIN THEATRE was an Elizabethan playhouse located in Hewett Street, Shoreditch (part of the modern London Borough of Hackney ), just outside the City of London . It opened in 1577, and continued staging plays until 1624. The Curtain was built some 200 yards south of London's first playhouse, The Theatre , which had opened a year before, in 1576. It was called the "Curtain" because it was located near a plot of land called Curtain Close, not because of the sort of front curtain associated with modern theatres, but of its proximity of the City walls, curtain or curtain wall referring to the part of city walls between two bastions . Its remains were rediscovered in archaeological excavation in 2012. The most significant find was that the Curtain was rectangular not round. They found a 14m stage, and evidence of a tunnel under the stage and galleries at the first floor level
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William Shakespeare
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (/ˈʃeɪkspɪər/ ; 26 April 1564 (baptised ) – 23 April 1616) was an English poet , playwright and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language
English language
and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon". His extant works, including collaborations , consist of approximately 39 plays , 154 sonnets , two long narrative poems and a few other verses, some of uncertain authorship. His plays have been translated into every major living language and are performed more often than those of any other playwright. Shakespeare
Shakespeare
was born and brought up in Stratford-upon-Avon , Warwickshire . At the age of 18, he married Anne Hathaway , with whom he had three children: Susanna and twins Hamnet and Judith
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A Match At Midnight
A MATCH AT MIDNIGHT is a Jacobean era stage play first printed in 1633 , a comedy that represents a stubborn and persistent authorship problem in English Renaissance drama . CONTENTS * 1 Publication * 2 Date * 3 Performance * 4 Authorship * 5 Synopsis * 6 References * 7 External links PUBLICATIONThe play was entered into the Stationers\' Register on 15 January 1633 (new style ), and was published later that year in a quarto printed by Augustin Matthews for the bookseller William Sheares. The 1633 quarto was the play's sole edition in the seventeenth century. DATEThe date of the play's origin and stage premier cannot be fixed with certainty, though scholars have interpreted the text's contemporary allusions as indicating a date in the early 1620s, with c. 1622 commonly given as a good approximation
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John Day (dramatist)
JOHN DAY (1574–1638?) was an English dramatist of the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods. CONTENTS * 1 Life * 2 Works * 3 Publication * 4 Notes * 5 References LIFEHe was born at Cawston, Norfolk , and educated at Ely . He became a sizar of Caius College, Cambridge , in 1592, but was expelled in the next year for stealing a book. He became one of Philip Henslowe 's playwrights, collaborating with Henry Chettle , William Haughton , Thomas Dekker , Richard Hathwaye and Wentworth Smith . There are 22 plays to which he is linked. However his almost incessant activity does not seem to have paid, to judge by the small loans, of five shillings and even two shillings, that he obtained from Henslowe
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