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October 31, 2013

Beaumont, Fletcher, Maids

Francis Beaumont

Francis Beaumont

by Steve King

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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