Cyril Tourneur

Death 28 Feb 1626 (aged 50–51)
Burial Burial Details Unknown, Specifically: Possibly interred at St. Multrose Burial Ground, Kinsale, Ireland
Memorial ID 10785663 View Source
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Playwright. He was the probable author of "The Revenger's Tragedy" (1607), a masterpiece of Elizabethan Drama. Its feverish poetry, grotesque, degenerate characters, and surreal plot twists make it a unique work in the theatrical repertory. Virtually nothing is known about Tourneur's life, which was apparently spent mostly in government service on behalf of England's noble Vere and Cecil families. He was active writing for the London stage from around 1607 to 1612, but the only play definitely known to be his is "The Atheist's Tragedy" (1611), a lesser work. In 1625 Tourneur joined Sir Edward Cecil's disastrous expedition to Cadiz. He fell ill on the return voyage and was put off the ship in Kinsale, Ireland, where he died; he was most likely interred in Kinsale's St. Multrose Burial Ground, the only one in the area at that time, but no burial records for him exist and the whereabouts of his grave are unknown to historians. "The Revenger's Tragedy", which had been published anonymously, was first attributed to Tourneur in 1658, and scholars continue to debate its authorship.

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