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The Nuttall Encyclopedia

Davenant, Sir William

An English playwright, born at Oxford, who succeeded Ben Jonson as poet-laureate, and was for a time manager of Drury Lane; was knighted by Charles I. for his zeal in the Royalist cause; his theatrical enterprise had small success during the Commonwealth, but interest in it revived with the Restoration, at which time "the drama broke loose from the prison of Puritanism to indulge in a shameless license" (1606-1668).

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Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Davenant, Sir William'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/d/davenant-sir-william.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.

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