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John Fletcher

(20 December 1579 - 29 August 1625 / Rye, Sussex, England)

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John Fletcher was a Jacobean playwright. Following William Shakespeare as house playwright for the King's Men, he was among the most prolific and influential dramatists of his day; both during his lifetime and in the early Restoration, his fame rivalled Shakespeare's. Though his reputation has been eclipsed since, Fletcher remains an important transitional figure between the Elizabethan popular tradition and the popular drama of the Restoration.


Early Life

Fletcher was born in December 1579 in Rye, Sussex, and died of the plague in August 1625. His father Richard Fletcher was... more »

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  • I have touched the highest point of all my greatness,
    And from that full meridian of my glory
    I haste now to my setting. I shall fall
    Like a bright exhalation in the evening, John Fletcher (1579-1625), British dramatist, and dramatist dramatist, British dramatist. King Henry VIII (III, ii). . . The Unabridged William Sh...
  • Orpheus with his Lute made Trees,
    And the Mountaine tops that freeze,
    Bow themselves when he did sing.
    To his Musicke, Plants and Flowers
    Ever spring; as Sunne and Showres,...
    John Fletcher (1579-1625), British dramatist, and William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British poet, dramatist. King Henry VIII (III, i). . . Oxford B...
  • Do not fear to put thy feet
    Naked in the river sweet;
    Think not leech, or newt, or toad
    Will bite thy foot when thou hast trod;
    Nor let the water, rising high,
    As th...
    John Fletcher (1579-1625), British dramatist. The Faithful Shepherdess (III, i). . . Oxford Book of Seventeenth Century Verse, The. H. J. C. Grier...
  • ''Now, good night! may Sweetest Slumbers
    And soft Silence fall in numbers
    On your Eye-lids: So, farewell;
    Thus I end my Evening knell.''
    John Fletcher (1579-1625), British dramatist. The Faithful Shepherdess (II, i). . . Oxford Book of Seventeenth Century Verse, The. H. J. C. Griers...
  • ''Then stretch our bones in a still gloomy valley;
    Nothing's so dainty sweet as lovely melancholy.''
    John Fletcher (1579-1625), British dramatist. The Nice Valor (III, iii). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couc...
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