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vicenzo   Link to this

from A. Hamilton on Fri 31 Dec 2004, Q:Same Thos Shadwell lampooned by Dryden?


Pedro.   Link to this

Shadwell (L&M Companion)

"Dramatist and wit; friend of Sedley. A better conversationalist than writer, if we may believe Rochester. ('If Shadwell had burnt all he wrote, and printed all he spoke, he would have had more wit and humour than any other poet')"

Pedro   Link to this

Thomas Shadwell

In 1676 his play The Virtuoso, he lampoons the Members of the Royal Society. The central figure Sir Nicholas Gimcrack quotes from Hooke's Micrographia, and the character Sir Formal Trifle pokes fun at John Evelyn.

The Fellows were mortified to learn that the King had attended a performance of the play, evidence that the Royal Society was a laughing stock at the Court.

(Source: John Evelyn, Living for Ingenuity by Gillian Darley)

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