Thomas Middleton

Thomas Middleton

Born: April 18, 1580

Nationality: English

Occupation: Poet

Biography: Thomas Middleton was an English Jacobean playwright and poet. Middleton stands with John Fletcher and Ben Jonson as among the most successful and prolific of playwrights who wrote their best plays during the Jacobean period. He was one of the few Renaissance dramatists to achieve equal success in comedy and tragedy.

Source/Notes: Act i. Sc. 1. Compare: So wise so young, they say, do never live long, William Shakespeare, King Richard III, Act iii. Sc. 1. - The Phœnix (1603-4)
Source/Notes: The Works of Thomas Middleton: A chaste maid in Cheapside. The widow, by B. Jonson, J. Fletcher, T. Middleton. Anything for a quiet life. The witch (1885 edition)
Source/Notes: Act iv. Sc. 3. Compare: For drames always go by contraries, Samuel Lover, The Angel's Whisper. - The Family of Love (co-written with Thomas Dekker, 1602-7)
Source/Notes: The works of Thomas Middleton, collected, with some account of the author, and notes, by A. Dyce (1840 edition)
Source/Notes: Thomas Middleton: The Collected Works (2010 edition), Oxford University Press - ISBN: 9780199580538

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Source/Notes: Michaelmas Term (1602), Act iv. Sc. 1. Compare: It is not strength, but art, obtains the prize, Alexander Pope, The Iliad, book xxiii. line 383.

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Source/Notes: The Roaring Girl (co-written with Thomas Dekker, 1611), Act i. Sc. 1.