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George Lillo

(1693—1739) playwright


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(1693–1739),

was the author of the famous prose domestic tragedy The London Merchant, or The History of George Barnwell, produced in 1731. His other plays include The Christian Hero (produced 1735), and The Fatal Curiosity (1736). Lillo's introduction of middle‐class domestic tragedy had an influence which extended beyond English literature, notably to G. E. Lessing and Diderot.

Subjects: Literature — Theatre.


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