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Shadwell, Thomas

Born: 1642 AD
Died: 1692 AD
Nationality: English
Categories: Playwrights, Poets

1642 – Born in Norfolk, England.

1660 – Educated at Cambridge and at the Middle Temple, London, after the Restoration.

1668 – Shadwell became one of the court wits and an acquaintance of Sir Robert Howard and his brother, Edward, both of whom he satirized in The Sullen Lovers.

1669 – Shadwell wrote 18 plays, including a pastoral, The Royal Shepherdess.

1670 – The Humourists was a failure because he satirized the vices and follies of an age that did not care for generalized satire.

1671 – The Miser, was a rhymed adaptation of Molière that showed his gradual shift toward the wit of the comedy of manners.

1672 – Epsom-Wells became his greatest success, being played for nearly half a century.

1674 – The Tempest.

1675 – Psyche.

         – The Libertine.

1678 – Shadwell’s friendship with Dryden ended with the political crisis, when Shadwell espoused the Whig cause, producing The Lancashire Witches, which caused offense with its antipapist propaganda and attacks upon the Anglican clergy.

1687 – He translated Juvenal’s The Tenth Satyr and composed bitter attacks upon John Dryden.

1688 – In The Squire of Alsatia, he presented middle-class people and villains, rascals and thieves.

1990 – His last play, The Scowrers, was a precursor of sentimental comedy.

1692 – Died on the 19th of November in London.