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Thomas Otway

(1652—1685) playwright and poet


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(1652–85),

playwright. Of his three great tragedies, Don Carlos, in rhymed verse, was produced in 1676; The Orphan, in blank verse, in 1680; and Venice Preserv'd, also in blank verse, in 1682. Of his other plays Alcibiades, a tragedy, was produced in 1675 (and provided Mrs Barry, for whom Otway cherished an unrequited passion, with her first successful part). He also wrote prologues, epilogues, and a few poems. He died in destitution at the early age of 33.

Subjects: Literature — Theatre.


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