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Charles Sedley

(1639—1701) writer and politician


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(?1639–1701),

dramatist and poet, friend of Rochester and Dryden, was famous for his wit and urbanity and notorious for his profligate escapades. His tragedy Antony and Cleopatra (1677) was followed by two comedies, Bellamira (1687) and The Mulberry Garden (1668), which was based partly on Molière's L'École des maris. His poems and songs (‘Phillis is my only joy’, ‘Love still has something of the sea’, etc.) were included with his Miscellaneous Works (1702). Malone identified him as the Lisideius of Dryden's Of Dramatick Poesie.

Subjects: Literature.


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