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John Fletcher   (1579 - 1625)
Category:  English Literature
Born: 1579
Rye, Sussex, England
Died: 1625
London, England
Related authors:
Francis Beaumont, William Shakespeare
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John Fletcher - LIFE STORIES
4/14/1607     Beaumont & Fletcher & Woman-Hating
Throughout the 1600s, plays by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher were produced and praised at four or five times the rate of Shakespeare's plays. If this popularity does not catch our attention, the plays do: in The Woman-Hater, A Wife for a Month, Cupid's Revenge, The Mad Lover and many more such, misogyny, chastity, rape, necrophilia and nymphomania are given every possible comic and tragic twist, often at the same time. . . .
10/31/1611     Beaumont, Fletcher, Maids
On this day in 1611 The Maid's Tragedy, by Francis Beaumont (left) and John Fletcher, was entered in the Stationers' Register. Beaumont and Fletcher dominated English theater throughout the 17th century; many of their plays were the sex-murder "stews" so popular at the time, but they were produced and praised at four or five times the rate of Shakespeare's plays, and contemporaries placed Fletcher in a "triumvirate of wit" with Shakespeare and Ben Jonson.
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The Woman Hater
by Francis Beaumont, John Fletcher
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Debt to Shakespeare in the Beaumont and Fletcher Plays
by David McKeithan
Influence of Beaumont and Fletcher Shakespeare
by Ashley Thorndike
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Find literary criticism and analysis from the online electronic text of The Cambridge History of English and American Literature (1907–21). The chapter outline is as follows:

  • New influences on the Drama

  • Abandonment of Tragedy for Tragi-comedy; Lowering of moral standards

  • Contemporary appreciation of Beaumont and Fletcher's work

  • Biographies and early intimacy of the two Dramatists; Individual characteristics

  • Evidence as to authorship

  • Fletcher's Metrical Style: comparison with that of Shakespeare

  • Features assignable to Beaumont

  • Massinger's collaboration with Fletcher

  • Excellence of Fletcher's stage effects

  • His weakness in characterisation

  • Sources of his plays

  • Rapidity of production; Classification of the Plays

  • Tragedies; Romantic Dramas

  • Comedies

  • Qualities of language and style in Beaumont and Fletcher's plays
    Find a biography, bibliography, and links to a variety of resources, including essays, biographical information, and quotes from Bartlett's Quotations which include Philaster, The Maid's Tragedy, A King and No King, Scornful Lady, and The Little French Lawyer.

    "Fletcher seems to have preferred comedy as his genre, and this is certainly what he is best-known for. The first of the plays written in collaboration with Francis Beaumont (1584-1616) was The Woman-Hater (1607), but their most famous play was the uproariously-funny Knight of the Burning Pestle (1607) in which Beaumont and Fletcher, influenced of course by Cervantes, made fun of knight-errantry, heroic domestic drama like Thomas Heywood's Four Prentices of London, and the heroic verse of Shakespeare. They even satirized the audience, especially people who liked to sit on the stage and interfere with the play. After the immense success of this play, Beaumont and Fletcher never looked back. They had struck a close friendship, and a prosperous collaborative creative relationship. The two were so close, in fact, that John Aubrey reported that they even shared clothes sometimes. Their collaboration also produced Philaster (c.1609), a romantic mistaken-identity play, The Maid's Tragedy (c.1610), a play about murder and betrayal, and, finally, A King and No King (1611), a "black comedy" complete with incest and more mistaken identities, which somehow ends happily. It was a sad day for English theatre when Francis Beaumont died prematurely of a fever in 1616, the year of Shakespeare's death."
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    Find electronic texts including The Knight of the Burning Pestle (Fletcher & Beaumont), Philaster: or, Love Lies A-Bleeding (Fletcher & Beaumont), and The Two Noble Kinsmen (Fletcher & Shakespeare).
    Some Essays of Donne Criticism and Metaphysical Criticism
    Although primarily a respository of literary analysis of the works of John Donne, this website also features studies of Beautmont and Fletcher, including Philaster, A King and No King, The Tragedie of Bonduca, and other works.
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