Thomas Shadwell

(1642 - 1692 / England)

Thomas Shadwell
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Thomas Shadwell was an English playwright and miscellaneous writer. He was born in 1642, at Santon Hall, Norfolk. He was educated at Bury St Edmund's School, and at Caius College, Cambridge. He left the university without a degree, and joined the Middle Temple. In 1668 he produced a prose comedy, The Sullen Lovers, or the Impertinents, based on a play of Moliere, and written in avowed imitation of Ben Jonson. His best plays are Epsom Wells (1672), for which Sir Charles Sedley wrote a prologue, and the Squire of Alsatia (1688). Alsatia was the cant name for Whitefriars, then a kind of sanctuary for persons liable to arrest, and the play represents, in dialogue full of the argot of the place,... more »

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