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 James Shirley

James Shirley

Birth
London, City of London, Greater London, England
Death 27 Oct 1666 (aged 70)
London, City of London, Greater London, England
Burial Holborn, London Borough of Camden, Greater London, England
Memorial ID 10198936 · View Source
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Playwright. He was called "The Last of the Elizabethans" because he was the last important dramatist active when Parliament closed England's theatres in 1642. Best known for his comedies of manners, he wrote for the Cockpit Theatre in London before replacing Philip Massinger as dramatist for The King's Men, William Shakespeare's old company, in 1640. Shirley's plays include "The Witty Fair One" (1628), "Hyde Park" (1632), "The Gamester" (1633), and "The Lady of Pleasure" (1635). After his theatrical career was cut short by the Puritans, Shirley worked as a schoolteacher and published his collected plays in three volumes. He died of exposure in the aftermath of the Great London Fire of 1666.

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  • Originally Created by: Bobb Edwards
  • Added: 1 Jan 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10198936
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Shirley (13 Sep 1596–27 Oct 1666), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10198936, citing St Giles in the Fields Churchyard, Holborn, London Borough of Camden, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .