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Thomas D'Urfey

(1653—1723) playwright and writer


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(1653–1723),

familiarly known as Tom Durfey, wrote a large number of songs, tales, satires, melodramas, farces, and many adaptions. A friend of Charles II and James II, he was still writing in the reign of Queen Anne, and was one of the most familiar figures of the day, given to singing his own songs in public. His Wit and Mirth, or Pills to Purge Melancholy (6 vols, 1719–20) is an interesting collection of songs and ballads.

Subjects: Literature.


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