ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Nicholas Rowe

(1673-1718)


Nicholas Rowe attended Westminster School before entering the Middle Temple in 1691; he abandoned the law to become a successful tragic playwright. In 1709 Rowe edited the first critical edition of Shakespeare's works. A friend of Addison, John Hughes, and Pope, he succeeded Nahum Tate as Poet Laureate in 1715. A staunch Whig, Rowe held a number of government posts.


TEXT RECORDS:

1714Colin's Complaint.
1716Ode for the New Year MDCCXVI.

PUBLICATIONS:

The ambitious step-mother. A tragedy. 1701.
Tamerlane. A tragedy. 1702.
The fair penitent. A tragedy. 1703.
The biter. A comedy. 1705.
Ulysses. A tragedy. 1706.
The royal convert. A tragedy. 1708.
A poem upon the late glorious successes of her Majesty's arms. 1707.
The life of Pythagoras [Dacier, trans. Rowe]. 1707.
Callipaedia: a poem written in Latin by Claudius Quillet [Rowe et al.] 1712.
The works of Mr. William Shakespear. 6 vols, 1709.
The tragedy of Jane Shore. 1714.
Poems on several occasions. 1714.
Colin's complaint for his mistress's unkindness. 1715?
Poetical works. 1715.
The tragedy of Lady Jane Grey. 1715.
Ode for the new year 1716. 1716.
Verses upon the sickness and recovery of the Right Honourable Robert Walpole. 1716.
Lucan's Pharsalia, translated. 1719.
Poems on several occasions, with a life. 1720.
The dramatick works. 2 vols, 1720.
Works, ed. Anne Deanes Devenish. 2 vols, 1747.
Works. 4 vols, 1756.