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Middleton, Thomas

Born: 1580 AD
Died: 1627 AD, at 47 years of age.

Nationality: English
Categories: Playwrights


1580 - Born in London and baptized on the 18th of April.

1593-1596- Thomas Middletons entered at Gray's Inn respectively.

1598-1601 - He wrote and published three long poems in popular Elizabethan styles; none appears to have been especially successful, and one, his book of satires, ran afoul of the Anglican Church's ban on verse satire and was burned. Nevertheless.

         - Middleton made a living writing topical pamphlets, including one—Penniless Parliament of Threadbare Poets—that enjoyed many reprintings.

         - He had become one of Philip Henslowe's established playwrights.

1603 - Middleton married. The same year, an outbreak of plague forced the closing of the theaters in London, and James I assumed the English throne.

1610 - Middleton began his fruitful collaboration with the actor William Rowley; working alone he produced his comic masterpiece.

1620 - He was appointed City Chronologer of the City of London.

1624 - He reached a pinnacle of notoriety when his dramatic allegory A Game at Chess was staged by the King's Men.

1627 - Died on the 4th of July at his home in Newington Butts. Some of his descendants reside in southern Wisconsin .


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