John Day

(c. 1574—1640) playwright

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(c. 1574–c. 1640),

playwright, collaborated with Dekker and others in a number of plays. His best work, The Parliament of Bees, a dramatic allegory or masque, appeared perhaps in 1607, although the earliest extant copy is of 1641. It is a charming and inventive piece containing a series of ‘characters’ of different bees with their virtues and vices, and ending with Oberon's Star Chamber, where he pronounces penalties on the offenders, the wasp, the drone, and the humble bee. The Parnassus Plays have been doubtfully attributed to Day.

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