Stephen Gosson

(1554—1624) anti-theatrical polemicist and Church of England clergyman

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His plays are not now extant, but were ranked by Meres among ‘the best for pastorall’: however, he soon became a leader of the Puritan attacks on plays and players. His School of Abuse (1579), dedicated to Sidney, helped to stimulate Sidney to write his Defence of Poetry. T. Lodge replied more directly to Gosson in A Defence of Stage Plays, provoking a reply from Gosson in Playes Confuted in Five Actions (1582).

Subjects: Literature.

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