John Heywood

John Heywood (hā´wŏŏd), 1497?–1580?, English dramatist. He was employed at the courts of Henry VIII and Mary I as a singer, musician, and playwright. At the accession of Elizabeth I in 1564 Heywood, who was a Roman Catholic, fled to Belgium, where he stayed for the rest of his life. Important in the development of English comedy, Heywood was the most famous writer of the interlude, a short comic dialogue. Chief among his interludes are The Play of the Weather (1533) and The Four P's (c.1543). His other works include epigrams, proverbs, and ballads.

See his works (ed. by B. A. Milligan, 1956).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

John Heywood: Selected full-text books and articles

French Farce & John Heywood
Ian Maxwell.
Oxford University Press, 1946
A Dialogue of Proverbs
Rudolph E. Habenicht; John Heywood.
University of California Press, 1963
John Heywood's "Play of the Wether": A Study in Early Tudor Drama
Kenneth Walter Cameron.
Thistle Press, 1941
The Background of John Heywood's "Witty and Witless": A Study in Early Tudor Drama, Together with a Specialized Bibliography of Heywood Scholarship
Kenneth Walter Cameron.
Thistle Press, 1941
Early Tudor Drama: Medwall, the Rastells, Heywood, and the More Circle
A. W. Reed.
Methuen & Co., Ltd., 1926
Theatre and Humanism: English Drama in the Sixteenth Century
Kent Cartwright.
Cambridge University Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 1 "The Humanism of Acting: John Heywood's The Foure P's"
The Comic and the Realistic in English Drama
John B. Moore.
University of Chicago Press, 1925
Librarian’s tip: Chap. I "The Realistic and the Comic from the Beginning to the Day of John Heywood"
English Miracle Plays, Moralities and Interludes: Specimens of the Pre-Elizabethan Drama
Alfred W. Pollard.
Clarendon Press, 1927 (8th edition)
Librarian’s tip: "Heywood's the Pardoner and the Frere" begins on p. 114
A Companion to the Medieval Theatre
Ronald W. Vince.
Greenwood Press, 1989
Librarian’s tip: "Heywood, John (1497-c. 1579)" begins on p. 160
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