1801 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Heywood

George Ellis, in Specimens of Early English Poets (1801; 1845) 3:25.



Of this author little appears to be known, except that he was probably a native of Lincolnshire, an actor, and one of the most voluminous writers that ever attempted dramatic composition, as he himself reckons one hundred and twenty plays, in which, says he, "I have either an entire hand, or at least a main finger." Of these, however, only twenty-four remain, for a catalogue of which, as well as his other works, recourse may be had to the Biographica Dramatica and Langbaine. The latter regards him as "a general scholar, and an indifferent linguist," and informs us "he has borrowed many ornaments from the ancients."