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John Shebbeare

(1709—1788) physician and political writer


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(1709–88) A surgeon who gave up medicine for writing in about 1754, when he published a satirical novel, The Marriage Act, for which he was arrested. Another novel, Lydia (1755), uses the figure of a noble savage, the Iroquois Cannassatego, to attack, in the spirit of primitivism, the corruptions of British society. Shebbeare's inflammatory writings were condemned by Tobias Smollett, who satirized him as Ferret in Sir Launcelot Greaves. Later Shebbeare wrote much against John Wilkes.

From The Oxford Companion to English Literature in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.


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