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 By Ian Maxwell Oxford University Press, 1946
A Dialogue of Proverbs By Rudolph E. Habenicht; John Heywood University of California Press, 1963
Theatre and Humanism: English Drama in the Sixteenth Century By 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 By 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 By 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 By Ronald W. Vince Greenwood Press, 1989
Librarian’s tip: "Heywood, John (1497-c. 1579)" begins on p. 160
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