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(Biography) Sir William. 1606–68, English dramatist and poet: poet laureate (1638–68). His plays include Love and Honour (1634)
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Sir William, 1606–68, English poet, playwright, and producer: poet laureate 1638–68.
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Then she remembered Cecil Davenant and his strange manner - the story which he was even now waiting to tell her.
I lived on the edge of the village then, and had just lost myself over Davenant's "Gondibert," that winter that I labored with a lethargy -- which, by the way, I never knew whether to regard as a family complaint, having an uncle who goes to sleep shaving himself, and is obliged to sprout potatoes in a cellar Sundays, in order to keep awake and keep the Sabbath, or as the consequence of my attempt to read Chalmers' collection of English poetry without skipping.
We passed the Cedars this morning, just exactly as Mary Davenant was standing at the gate, wishing good-bye to Mister I forget his name.
Noticeable again, among the whole-plate portraits, is the thoroughly reassuring countenance of Steele, the singularly fine heads of John, Charles, and Fanny Kemble, while the certainly plain, pinched countenance of William Davenant reminds one of Charles Kean, and might well have lighted up, as did his, when the soul came into it, into power and charm, as the speaking eyes assure us even in its repose.
That was written by William Davenant, poet-laureate.
150), a facile writer, Sir William Davenant, had begun, cautiously, a few years before the Restoration, to produce operas and other works of dramatic nature; and the returning Court had brought from Paris a passion for the stage, which therefore offered the best and indeed the only field for remunerative literary effort.
(35) Although the first unidentified woman performed on the London stage in a production of Othello, staged by Killigrew circa 8 December 1660, she "cannot rival Mary Saunderson as the first identified player of great female Shakespearean roles" (Mary Edmond, Rare Sir William Davenant [Manchester U.
Hazelton Spencer gives a list of many such minor changes; examples will also be apparent from my detailed discussion of Ward's alterations below.[6] Spencer, who takes a very negative view of Q1676's 'ruthless cuts' and 'mutilations of Shakespeare's diction', argues that William Davenant was the 'editor' in question on the basis of comparable changes in his acknowledged versions of Macbeth and The Law against Lovers (Measure for Measure); he assumes the 1676 Hamlet text derives from the early 1660s as it is treated more conservatively: Davenant grew bolder as an adaptor later in the decade (he died in 1668).
(He might have noted that Massinger once threatened to confute with a cudgel an anonymous adversary, probably Davenant, if verse persuasion failed.) The tragedies, not surprisingly, hold out the least hope of synthesis between the old and the new.
Davenant had pruned the play vigorously for performance, as is indicated by the 1676 and 1695 quartos, which present the play 'as it is now Acted at his Highness the Duke of York's Theatre'.
Masques such as Daniel's The Vision of the Twelve Goddesses and Tethys'Festival and Davenant's Luminalia played a vital role in forming and publicizing such alliances.
The rebels very likely had no idea about the history of benefits nor exactly what rights were granted in the 1663 patent to Sir William Davenant under which Covent Garden still operated.