George Peele

(1556—1596) poet and playwright

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From about 1581 he pursued an active and varied literary career. He was an associate of many other writers of the period, such as T. Watson and R. Greene. His works fall into three main categories: plays, pageants, and ‘gratulatory’ and miscellaneous verse. His surviving plays are The Araygnement of Paris (1584); Edward I (1593); The Battle of Alcazar (1594); The Old Wives' Tale (1595); and David and Fair Bethsabe (1599). His miscellaneous verse includes Polyhymnia (1590) and The Honour of the Garter (1593), a gratulatory poem to the Earl of Northumberland. Peele's work is dominated by courtly and patriotic themes, and his technical achievements include extending the range of non‐dramatic blank verse.

Subjects: Literature.

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