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A Discourse of English Poetrie free pdf Excerpt from A Discourse of English Poetrie: 1586 Very little is known of the Author of this work. The suggestion that he was the William Webbe, M.A., one of the joint Authors of a topographical book The Vale Royal, 1648, fol., is quite anachronistic. Messrs. Cooper, in Athena Cantabrigiensis, ii. 12. Ed. 1861, state that our Author "was a graduate of this University, but we have no means of determining his college. One of this name, who was of St. John's College, was B.A. 1572-3 [the same year as Spenser], as was another who was of Catharine Hall in 1581-2. His place of residence is unknown, although it may perhaps be inferred that it was in or near the county of Suffolk. We have no information as to his position in life, or the time or place of his death. He was evidently a man of superior intellect and no mean attainments." [Our Author apparently witnessed Tancred and Gismund in 1568, and being evidently acquainted with Gabriel Harvey and Spenser (who left Cambridge in 1578), must be the earlier graduate of the above two Webbes.] 1568. Tancred and Gismund, written by five members of the Inner Temple, the first letters of whose names are attached to the several acts, viz., Rod. Staff- Hen. No[well?]- G. All- Ch. Hat[ton?]- and R. W[ilmot]: is 'curiously acted in view of her Majesty, by whom it was then princely accepted.' Webbe appears to have been present at the representation: see 1591. Mr. J. P. Collier in his edition of 'Dodsley's Old Plays, ' i. 153, prints from a MS. what is apparently a portion of this Tragedy as it was then acted, written in alternate rhymes. He also states in his Hist. of Dram. Poet. that it 'is the earliest English play extant, the plot of which is known to be derived from an Italian novel." iii. 13. Ed. 1831. *1572-3. Our Author takes his B.A. at Cambridge. 1582. Nov. 28. Gabriel Poyntz presented Robert Wilmott, clerk to the Rectory of North Okendon, Essex: 18 miles from London. Newcourt Repertorium, ii. 447. Ed. 1710. Flemyngs is a large manor house in Essex in the parish of Runwell, in the hundred of Chelmsford- from which town it is ten miles distant, and about twenty-nine miles from London. 'This house commands extensive views of some parts of the county and of Kent, including more than thirty parish churches.' Edward Sulyard succeeded, on the death of his father Eustace in 1546, to Flemyngs and other possessions. He had two sons, Edward and Thomas, and a daughter named Elizabeth. He was knighted on 23 July 1603 at Whitehall by James I, before his coronation: and died in June 1610. Of his two sons, Edward died without issue- Thomas, b. 1573, was knighted, and d. March 1634- leaving a son Edward, who d. 7 Nov. 1692 without issue, 'the last of the house and family.' See W. Berry, County Gen. Essex, 64. T. Wright, Hist. of Essex, i. 142, 143. Ed. 1831. J. P[hilipot] Knts. Batch. made by James I. 1660. 1583 or 4. Webbe appears to have been at this time private tutor to Mr. Sulyard's two sons, for he presented his MS. translation (now lost) of the Georgics to Mr. Sulyard: see pp. 55 and 16. 1585. Dec. 2. The Dean and Chapter of St. Paul's appoint Robert Wilmott, M.A., to the Vicarage of Horndon on the Hill, twenty-four miles from London, and a few miles from Flemyngs, where his friend Webbe was a private tutor. Newcourt, idem. ii. 343. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com

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Author : William Webbe
Publisher : Forgotten Books
Data Published : 27 September 2015
ISBN : 1331639573
EAN : 9781331639572
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Number of Pages : 120 pages
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