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Henry Porter

(c. 1586—1599) playwright


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(d. 1599), a playwright who wrote for the Admiral's Men between 1596 and 1599. His one surviving play, The Two Angry Women of Abingdon (printed in 1599), was successful enough to spawn two sequels. This bawdy farce ties itself in complicated knots around the feud between the two angry women of the title and the efforts of their husbands and children to reconcile them. Much of it is set at night, and it has affinities with A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Merry Wives of Windsor. Porter may have been killed by his fellow playwright John Day in 1599.

From The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism.


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