1699 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Heywood

Charles Gildon, in Lives and Characters of the English Dramatick Poets (1699) 70.



This Author was both Actor and Poet, liv'd in the Reign of Queen Elizabeth, and King James I. He writ, or had assisted in composing Two hundred and Twenty Plays, of which there are but Twenty Five remain entire. Mr. Langbain sets up for a Vindication of this Author, in the same book that he condemns Mr. Dryden, which indeed is enough to render his Judgment very much suspected, and that the Variety of Plays he had read, either corrupted his Taste, or else that he never had any.