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Robert Jephson

(1736—1803) playwright


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(1736–1803), playwright. Born to an Anglo-Irish family in Mallow, Co. Cork, he served in the army and settled in London, associating there with Edmund Burke and others. The Count of Narbonne (1781), a successful stage version of his friend Horace Walpole's Castle of Otranto, played in London and Dublin. His farce The Hotel, or the Servant with Two Masters (1784) first appeared at Smock Alley, while Robert Owenson opened his Irish National Theatre with The Carmelite (1784). Among other plays were Braganza (1775), a tragedy, and Two Strings to Your Bow (1791), a farce. His Roman Portraits (1794) was in heroic verse.

From The Concise Oxford Companion to Irish Literature in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.


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