16531723, Feb 26
an English writer and wit. He composed plays, songs, and poetry, in addition to writing jokes. He was an important innovator and contributor in the evolution of the Ballad opera. D'Urfey was born in Devonshire and began his professional life as a scrivener, but quickly turned to the theatre. In personality, he was considered so affable and amusing that he could make friends with nearly everyone, including such disparate characters as Charles II of England and his brother James II, and in all layers of society.
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Thomas Doggett
...stage appearance in London in 1691 as Nincompoop in Thomas d'Urfey's Love for Money. In this part, and as Solon in...
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