1764 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Shadwell

David Erskine Baker, in Companion to the Play-House (1764) 2:Sig. Ee4.



Though it must be owned that Shadwell fell vastly short of Ben Jonson, whom he set up to himself as a Model of Elegance, yet it is certain there are high Authorities in favour of many of his Comedies, and the best Judges of that Age gave their Testimony for them. They have in them fine Strokes of Humour; the Characters are often Originals, strongly marked, and well sustained. — Add to this, that he had the greatest Expedition imaginable in Writing, and sometimes produced a Play in less than a Month. Besides seventeen Plays, he wrote several other Pieces of Poetry, some of which have been commended.