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.

Thomas Middleton

“T is a stinger.”

- Thomas Middleton

Source/Notes: More Dissemblers besides Women (1614), Act iii. Sc. 2. Compare: He 'as had a stinger, Beaumont and Fletcher, Wit without Money, act iv. sc. 1.
Source/Notes: The Witch (1616), Act v. Sc. 2. I 'll charm the air to give a sound, While you perform your antic round, Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act iv. Sc. 1.

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Source/Notes: Hengist, King of Kent, or The Mayor of Quinborough (1621).
Thomas Middleton

“Turn over a new leaf.”

- Thomas Middleton

Source/Notes: Anything for a Quiet Life (1621), Act iii. Sc. 3. Compare: Turn over a new leaf, Thomas Dekker, The Honest Whore, part ii, Act i. sc. 2.
Source/Notes: Anything for a Quiet Life (1621), Act v. Sc. 3.

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Thomas Middleton

“Spick and span new.”

- Thomas Middleton

Source/Notes: Act iv. Sc. 3. Compare: Spick and span new, Ford, The Lover's Melancholy, act i. sc. 1. George Farquhar, Preface to his Works. - The Family of Love (co-written with Thomas Dekker, 1602-7)
Source/Notes: The Family of Love (co-written with Thomas Dekker, 1602-7)