Nicholas Rowe

Nicholas Rowe (rō), 1674–1718, English dramatist. An ardent Whig, he was able to gain various government posts during the course of his life. In 1715 he became poet laureate. His first two plays, The Ambitious Stepmother (1700) and Tamerlane (1701), established his reputation as a popular playwright. Soon afterward he wrote his best plays, The Fair Penitent (1703) and Jane Shore (1714); both are stories of men's cruelty to women that prefigure the domestic tragedies popular later in the 18th cent. Rowe is also well known for his edition of Shakespeare (1709), which supplied valuable textual and biographical data and divided the plays into acts and scenes.

See J. Canfield, Nicholas Rowe and Christian Tragedy (1977)

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Three Plays: Tamerlane, the Fair Penitent, Jane Shore
Nicholas Rowe; J. R. Sutherland.
The Scholartis Press, 1929
Some Account of the Life of Mr. William Shakespear (1709)
Nicholas Rowe.
Augustan Reprint Society, 1948
Nicholas Rowe and Christian Tragedy
J. Douglas Canfield.
University Presses of Florida, 1977
Restoration Tragedy, 1660-1720
Bonamy Dobrée.
Clarendon Press, 1929
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 8 "Nicholas Rowe (1674-1718)"
English Shakesperian Criticism in the Eighteenth Century
Herbert Spencer Robinson.
The H.W. Wilson Company, 1932
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 2 "Shakesperian Criticism from Rowe"
The Poets Laureate
Kenneth Hopkins.
Library Publishers, 1955
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "Nicholas Rowe"
FREE! English Drama of the Restoration and Eighteenth Century (1642-1780)
George Henry Nettleton.
Macmillan, 1914
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 10 "Some Aspects of Queen Anne Drama"
The Neglected Muse: Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Tragedy in the Novel (1740-1780)
Robert Gale Noyes.
Brown University Press, 1958
Librarian’s tip: "Nicholas Rowe" begins on p. 83
British Dramatists from Dryden to Sheridan
George Henry Nettleton; Arthur Eillicot Case.
Boston ; Houghton Mifflin company,., 1939
Librarian’s tip: "The Tragedy of Jane Shore (1714)" by Nicholas Rowe begins on p. 505
William Shakespeare: The Critical Heritage
Brian Vickers.
Routledge, vol.2, 1974
Librarian’s tip: "Nicholas Rowe, Shakespeare's Life and Works, 1709" begins on p. 190
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