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John Clavell

(1601—1643) highwayman and writer


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(1603–42) A highwayman, condemned to death and then pardoned (1627). He published a metrical autobiography, Recantation of an Ill-Lead Life (1628), which begins ‘Stand and Deliver to your observation | Right serious thoughts’, and proceeds to describe the highway law and organization of thieves. The Soddered Citizen, a comedy of which he was reputed author, was performed by the King's Men c.1630.

From The Oxford Companion to English Literature in Oxford Reference.

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