1719 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edward Howard

Giles Jacob, in Poetical Register: or the Lives and Characters of the English Dramatick Poets (1719) 141-42.



This Author was of the Noble Family of the Earl of Berkshire. He writ four Plays: but in all of them fell short of the Success he expected. They are,

I. The Usurper; a Tragedy, acted at the Theatre Royal, 1668. The Character of Damocles, in this Play, 'tis suppos'd, the Author design'd for Oliver Cromwell.

II. Six Days Adventure, or The New Utopia; a Comedy, acted at the Duke of York's Theatre, 1671.

This Play miscarried in the Representation.

III. A Woman's Conquest; a Tragi-Comedy, acted by the Duke of York's Servants in Dorset-Garden, 1677. This is the best of Mr. Howard's Dramatick Pieces.

IV. The Man of New-market; a Comedy, acted at the Theatre Royal, 1678. This Author has likewise write two Books of Poems in Octavo; one call'd The British Princes; and the other, Poems and Essays, with a Paraphrase on Cicero's Laelius, or Tract of Friendship.