Thomas Rymer

(1641—1713) literary critic and historian

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is chiefly remembered for his valuable collection of historical records, Foedera (1704–35). He is known as a critic of considerable learning but dogmatic views, who supported the ancients in the battle between them and the moderns (see Battle of the Books). The Tragedies of the Last Age Considered (1678) was a critical attack on Elizabethan drama, continued in his A Short View of Tragedy (1692), which contains his famous condemnation of Othello as ‘a bloody farce’.

Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism.

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