Saturday, April 14, 2012

Thomas Otway

English dramatist Thomas Otway passed on April 14th, 1685.  Otway wrote “Venice Preserv’d”, which played first in 1682, and was still being revived during Walter Scott’s lifetime.  In “Miscellaneous Prose Works”, are these words from Scott on Otway: ‘The cannons of Otway in his scenes of passionate affection rival at least, and sometimes excel, those of Shakespeare. More tears have been shed, probably, for the sorrows of Belvidera and Monimia than for those of Juliet and Desdemona' .

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