The Rev. William Cartwright was born at Northway, near Tewkesbury; he entered Christ Church Oxford from Westminster School in 1628 (B.A. 1632, M.A. 1635). At Oxford Cartwright was a reader in metaphysics, proctor (1643) and a celebrated preacher. One of the "council of war," he died at Oxford of camp fever in 1643. Ben Jonson said of him, "My Son Cartwright writes all like a Man."
The royal slave. A tragi-comedy. 1639.
To the Right Honourable Philip Earle of Pembroke. 1641.
November, or, signal days. 1647.
Comedies, tragi-comedies, with other poems. 1651.
An offspring of mercy issuing out of the womb of cruelty: a passion sermon preached at Christ Church in Oxford. 1652.
Plays and poems, ed. G. B. Evans. 1951.