relentless zeal of the reformer. His rough and ready assault on the licentiousness of the stage prevailed by force without need of strategy.
Collier's attack was timely. It was his good fortune to voice what many had increasingly felt. The Short View reflected as well as aroused public opinion. The strength of its main position was directly attested by the dramatists attacked. Vanbrugh and Congreve rallied uneasily in selfdefence only to be reattacked by Collier in his Defence of the Short View, published in November, 1698. Dryden, the veteran of the Restoration stage, more tolerantly admitted the force, despite the extravagance, of Collier's main indictment. At the turn of the century and thereafter in the pamphlet warfare that protracted itself for several decades ( 1698-1726), Jeremy Collier remained the central figure in the general struggle that is still known as the 'Collier Controversy.'
G. H. N.
1914. Nettleton, George H. English Drama of the Restoration and Eighteenth Century. [Especially chapter IX.)
1924. Krutch, Joseph W. Comedy and Conscience after the Restoration. New York. Columbia University Press. [Especially chapters V-VI, and bibliography (pp. 264-270).]
1937. Anthony, Sister Rose. The Jeremy Collier Stage Controversy 1698-1726. Milwaukee. Marquette University Press. [A full-volume study, with extensive bibliography (pp. 301-318).]