Thomas Shadwell studied with a Mr. Stephens at Bury St. Edmunds before entering Caius College Cambridge as a pensioner in 1656; he was admitted to the Middle Temple in 1658 but abandoned the law and travelled abroad. He was the leading professional writer among the Whig faction, and as such succeeded the Tory Dryden — who had reviled him in MacFlecknoe — as Poet Laureate in 1688. Shadwell died from an overdose of opium in 1692.
The sullen lovers. A comedy. 1668.
The royal shepherdess. A tragi-comedy [adapted from J. Fountain]. 1669.
The humorists. A comedy. 1671.
The miser. A comedy [from Moliere]. 1672.
Epsom-wells. A comedy. 1673.
The tempest: or the enchanted island. 1674.
Notes and observations on the Empress of Morocco. 1674.
Psyche. A tragedy. 1675.
The libertine: a tragedy. 1676.
The virtuoso. A comedy. 1676.
The history of Timon of Athens, the man-hater [from Shakespeare]. 1678.
A true widow. A comedy. 1679.
The woman-captain. A comedy. 1680.
The Lancashire witches, and Tegue o Divelly the Irish priest. 1682.
The medal of John Bayes: a satyr. 1682.
Satyr to his Muse. 1682.
The Tory-poets: a satyr. 1682.
A lenten prologue. 1683.
Some reflections upon the pretended parallel in the play called the Duke of Guise. 1683.
The tenth satyr of Juvenal, English and Latin. 1687.
The squire of Alsatia. A comedy. 1688.
Bury-fair, a comedy. 1689.
A congratulatory poem on his Highness the Prince of Orange. 1689.
A congratulatory poem to... Queen Mary. 1689.
The amourous bigotte ... a comedy. 1690.
Ode on the anniversary of the King's birth. 1690.
Ode to the King, on his return from Ireland. 1690?
The scowrers. A comedy. 1691.
Votum perenne: a poem to the King. 1692.
Ode on the King's birth-day. 1692.
The volunteers: or the stock-jobbers. A comedy. 1693.
Dramatick works. 4 vols, 1720.
Complete works, ed. Montague Summers. 5 vols, 1927.