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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Thomas Shadwell: Selected full-text books and articles

Thomas Shadwell: His Life and Comedies By Albert S. Borgman New York University Press, 1928
The Complete Works of Thomas Shadwell By Thomas Shadwell; Montague Summers The Fortune Press, vol.2, 1927
Librarian’s tip: Includes "Epsom-Welles"
FREE! Thomas Shadwell By Thomas Shadwell; George Saintsbury T.F. Unwin, 1907
Librarian’s tip: Includes "Sullen Lovers" and "The Squire of Alsatia"
The Poets Laureate By Kenneth Hopkins Library Publishers, 1955
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "Thomas Shadwell"
The Designs of Carolean Comedy By 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 By Bonamy Dobrée Clarendon Press, 1924
Librarian’s tip: Chap. VII "Dryden and Shadwell"
A History of English Drama, 1660-1900 By Allardyce Nicoll University Press, vol.1, 1955 (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 By 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 By 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 By Adolphus William Ward Macmillan & Co., vol.3, 1899
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Thomas Shadwell begins on p. 455
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