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Farquhar, George

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Born: 1678 AD
Died: 1707 AD, at 29 years of age.

Nationality: British
Categories: Dramatist

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1678 - Born in Londonderry, County Derry, Ireland. British dramatist.

1695 - Entered as a sizar at Trinity College, Dublin, under the patronage of Dr. Wiseman, bishop of Dromore.

1698 - He wrote his first play, Love and a Bottle, which was performed at Drury Lane, perhaps through Wilks's interest.

1699 - His second comedy, The Constant Couple: or a Trip to the Jubilee, ridiculing the preparations for the pilgrimage to Rome in the Jubilee year, met with an enthusiastic reception.

1701 - Farquhar wrote a sequel, Sir Harry Wildair. Leigh Hunt says that Anne Oldfield, like Wilks, played admirably well in it, but the original Lady Lurewell was Mrs. Verbruggen. Mrs. Oldfield is said to have been the "Penelope" of Farquhar's letters.

1702 - Farquhar published a slight volume of miscellanies -- Love and Business; in a Collection of Occasionary Verse and Epistolary Prose -- containing, among other things, "A Discourse on Comedy in reference to the English Stage", in which he defends the English neglect of the dramatic unities.

1703 - He married, in the expectation of a fortune, but found too late that he was deceived. It is said that he never reproached his wife, although the marriage increased his liabilities and the rest of his life was a constant struggle against poverty.

1704-1706 - His other plays are: The Stage Coach, a one-act farce adapted from the French of Jean de la Chapelle in conjunction with Peter Motteux; The Twin Rivals (Drury Lane); The Recruiting Officer (Drury Lane); and The Beaux' Stratagem (Haymarket).

1707 - Died on April 29th in London, England.

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