Elkanah Settle

(1648—1724) playwright

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the author of a series of bombastic oriental melodramas which threatened Dryden's popularity and aroused his hostility. His The Empress of Morocco (1673) had such a vogue that Dryden, with Crowne and Shadwell, wrote a pamphlet of criticism of it. Dryden satirized Settle as Doeg in the second part of Absalom and Achitophel. Settle published Absalom Senior, or Achitophel Transpros'd in 1682, and Reflections on Several of Mr Dryden's Plays in 1687.

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