1876 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Shadwell

Robert Carruthers, in Chambers's Cyclopaedia of English Literature, 3rd ed. (1876; 1879) 2:266.



A more popular rival and enemy of Dryden [than John Crowne] was THOMAS SHADWELL (1640-1692), who also wrote seventeen plays, chiefly comedies, in which he affected to follow Ben Jonson. Shadwell, though chiefly known now as the Mac-Flecnoe of Dryden's satire, possessed no inconsiderable comic power. His pictures of society are too coarse for quotation, but they are often true and well drawn. When the Revolution threw Dryden and other excessive royalists into the shade, Shadwell was promoted to the office of poet-laureate.