Southerne, Thomas, 1660-1746

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Playwright Thomas Southerne was born in Ireland and educated at Dublin's Trinity College. He travelled to London to study law, but found success as a playwright; his first play, The Persian Prince, included a noble character based on King James II, and Southerne was rewarded with a military commission. He is principally remembered for dramatizing two of Aphra Behn's novels for the stage, including The Fatal Marriage, which remained popular into the 19th century, and Oroonoko, an early condemnation of the slave trade. He wrote several other plays, and revised and completed Dryden's tragedy, Cleomenes.

From the description of Thomas Southerne letter to Dear sir, 1734 Dec. 25. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 60573840

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referencedIn Garrick, David, 1717-1779,. Autograph letter signed by David Garrick to Hawkesworth [manuscript], [1759 July 12?] Thursday. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Garrick, David, 1717-1779,. Autograph letter signed from David Garrick, Hampton, to John Hawkesworth [manuscript], 1759? August 14. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn The life of Edmund Kean : from published and original sources, extra-illustrated Houghton Library.
creatorOf Southerne, Thomas, 1660-1746. Thomas Southerne letter to Dear sir, 1734 Dec. 25. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Garrick, David, 1717-1779,. Autograph letter signed from David Garrick to Dr. Hawkesworth [manuscript], ca. 1757 December. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Dryden, John, 1631-1700. Autograph letter signed : [London], to Mrs. Elizabeth Steward, 1700 Apr. 11. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Garrick, David, 1717-1779,. Autograph letter signed from David Garrick to Hawkesworth [manuscript], [1759 April] 19, Thursday. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Mackenzie, Henry, 1745-1831,. Autograph letters signed from Henry Mackenzie to Lord Craig [manuscript], 1774-1806. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Dryden, John, 1631-1700. Autograph letter signed : [London], to William Walsh, [1693] May 9 or 10. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Chedworth, John Howe, Baron, 1754-1804. Plots of plays and romances summarized by John Howe Chedworth, 4th baron [manuscript], ca. 1775. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Hall, Henry, ca. 1656-1707. Collection of sacred and secular songs by late 17th century composers [manuscript], ca. 1710. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Kemble, John Philip, 1757-1823. Autograph manuscript of Kemble's parts in 34 plays in the hand of John Philip Kemble [manuscript], 1783-1805. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Albert Stephens Borgman autograph collection, 1600-1950. Houghton Library.
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associatedWith Borgman, Albert Stephens, 1890-1954 person
associatedWith Chedworth, John Howe, Baron, 1754-1804. person
associatedWith Dryden, John, 1631-1700. person
associatedWith Duncombe, William, 1690-1769, person
associatedWith Garrick, David, 1717-1779, person
associatedWith Hawkins, Frederick William, 1849-1900 person
associatedWith Kemble, John Philip, 1757-1823. person
associatedWith Mackenzie, Henry, 1745-1831, person
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Birth 1660

Death 1746-05-26

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