Thomas Shadwell

Thomas Shadwell, 1642?–1692, English dramatist and poet. His plays, written in the tradition of Jonson's comedy of humours, are distinguished for their realistic pictures of London life and for their frank and witty dialogue. They include The Sullen Lovers (1668), Epsom Wells (1672), and The Squire of Alsatia (1688). His devotion to Jonson instigated his feud with Dryden, whom he succeeded as poet laureate in 1689. Shadwell attacked Dryden in The Medal of John Bayes (1682) and was himself lampooned in Dryden's Absalom and Achitophel and Mac Flecknoe.

See his works (ed. by M. Summers, 5 vol., 1927).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Thomas Shadwell: His Life and Comedies
Albert S. Borgman.
New York University Press, 1928
The Complete Works of Thomas Shadwell
Montague Summers; Thomas Shadwell.
The Fortune Press, vol.2, 1927
Librarian’s tip: Includes "Epsom-Welles"
FREE! Thomas Shadwell
George Saintsbury; Thomas Shadwell.
T.F. Unwin, 1907
Librarian’s tip: Includes "Sullen Lovers" and "The Squire of Alsatia"
The Poets Laureate
Kenneth Hopkins.
Library Publishers, 1955
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "Thomas Shadwell"
The Designs of Carolean Comedy
Eric Rothstein; Frances M. Kavenik.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1988
Librarian’s tip: "Shadwell and Otway, 1678-85" begins on p. 229
Restoration Comedy, 1660-1720
Bonamy Dobrée.
Clarendon Press, 1924
Librarian’s tip: Chap. VII "Dryden and Shadwell"
A History of English Drama, 1660-1900
Allardyce Nicoll.
University Press, vol.1, 1952 (4th edition)
Librarian’s tip: "The Jonsonian Element: Shadwell" begins on p. 201
The Theatre of Don Juan: A Collection of Plays and Views, 1630-1963
Oscar Mandel.
University of Nebraska Press, 1963
Librarian’s tip: "Rosimond and Shadwell" begins on p. 164 and includes "The Libertine" on p. 171
Shakespeare Improved: The Restoration Versions in Quarto and on the Stage
Hazelton Spencer.
Harvard University Press, 1927
Librarian’s tip: "Shadwell's Timon of Athens, the Man-Hater" begins on p. 281
FREE! A History of English Dramatic Literature to the Death of Queen Anne
Adolphus William Ward.
Macmillan & Co., vol.3, 1899
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Thomas Shadwell begins on p. 455
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