John Dennis


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John Dennis (16 September 1658 – 6 January 1734) was an English critic and dramatist.

He was born in the parish of St Andrew Holborn, London, in 1658. He was educated at Harrow School and Caius College, Cambridge, where he took his B.A. degree in 1679. In the next year he was fined and dismissed from his college for having wounded a fellow-student with a sword. He was, however, received... more »

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  • ''A man who could make so vile a pun would not scruple to pick a pocket.''
    John Dennis (1657-1734), British playwright, critic. The Gentleman's Magazine, vol. 51, editorial note (1781).
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