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Shirley, James,

1596–1666, English dramatist. Ordained in the Church of England, he later was converted to Roman Catholicism and became a schoolmaster. He resigned that position, however, soon after the success of his first play, Love Tricks, in 1625. Included among his more than 37 plays are the comedies Hyde Park (1632) and The Lady of Pleasure (1635); the tragedies The Traitor (1631) and The Cardinal (1641); and the masques The Triumph of Peace (1633) and The Contention of Ajax and Ulysses (1659). Shirley is best remembered for his witty, satiric comedies, which brilliantly and realistically portray London society.


See studies by B. Lucow (1981) and S. A. Burner (1988).

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The last dramatist of the whole great line was James Shirley, who survived the Commonwealth and the Restoration and died of exposure at the Fire of London in 1666.
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The driver of the car, James Shirley, 20, was taken to the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh with neck injuries, and his younger brother Thomas, 14, was treated at Edinburgh's Royal Infirmary.
Joe Harrison, Hamish Robertson and James Shirley, aged 16, and John Lumley, 17, are donating the proceeds in tribute to Joe's cousin, Olivia, who died in the hospice on April 27, aged ten.
In his landmark study James Shirley Dramatist, Arthur Huntington Nason quotes Vittori's speech in The Young Admiral, 3.