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Beaumont, Francis

(bō`mŏnt), 1584?–1616, English dramatist. Born of a distinguished family, he studied at Oxford and the Inner Temple. His literary reputation is linked with that of John FletcherFletcher, John,
1579–1625, English dramatist, b. Rye, Sussex, educated at Cambridge. A member of a prominent literary family, he began writing for the stage about 1606, first with Francis Beaumont, with whom his name is inseparably linked, later with Massinger and others.
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, with whom he began collaborating about 1606. Their plays are noted for plot symmetry, refined taste, and provocative sexual situations. The plays usually ascribed to him as sole author are The Woman Hater (published 1607), the burlesque Knight of the Burning Pestle (c.1607), Philaster (c.1609), and The Maid's Tragedy (c.1610). After his marriage in 1613 he retired to his estate in Kent and ceased writing for the stage.


See biography by L. Bliss (1987); studies by G. C. Campbell (1972) and M. Baldwin (1974).

Beaumont, Francis


Born circa 1584, in Grace Dieu; died Mar. 6, 1616, in London. British playwright.

The son of a gentry judge, Beaumont studied in law school. The majority of his plays were written in collaboration with J. Fletcher. Their creative work bears the imprint of the spiritual crisis experienced by humanists when they became convinced that their ideals could not be realized. In their comedy The Knight of the Burning Pestle (c. 1607, Russian translation 1959), certain characters and situations of the English theater of that time are ridiculed. Beaumont is the author of the comedy The Woman Hater (1607), and the play The Masque of the Gentlemen of Gray’s Inn and the Inner Temple (1613), dedicated to F. Bacon. The dramas of 1619–21, A King and No King, The Maid’s Tragedy, and Thierry and Theodoret, were written in the spirit of the “bloody tragedy” prevalent at that time. The play Philaster (1620) was written in the tragicomic genre.


Works, vol. 1–10. Cambridge, 1905–12.
In Russian translation:
“Filastr.” In the collection Sovremenniki Shekspira, vol. 2. Moscow, 1959.


Istoriia angliiskoi literatury, vol. 1, issue 2. Moscow-Leningrad, 1945.
Appleton, W. W. Beaumont and Fletcher: A Critical Study. London [1956].
Fletcher, J. Beaumont and Fletcher. [London, 1967.] (Contains a bibliography. Pages 50–60.)
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Field also wrote two comedies, A Woman Is a Weathercock (1612) and Amends for Ladies (1618), and he collaborated with Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher and with Philip Massinger on other plays.
Ford collaborated with Thomas Dekker on The Sun's Darling (1624), perhaps also on The Welsh Ambassador (1623), and on three other plays, now lost, of about the same date; he also may have contributed to Thomas Middleton's and William Rowley's Spanish Gypsy (1623), John Fletcher's Fair Maid of the Inn (1626), and other plays of Francis Beaumont and Fletcher.
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The early tragedies Appius and Virginia by John Webster and The Tragedy of Tancred and Gismund by Robert Wilmot were taken from Painter's book, and it was also the source for William Shakespeare's Timon of Athens and All's Well That Ends Well (and probably for details in Romeo and Juliet and The Rape of Lucrece ), for Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher's Triumph of Death, and for James Shirley's Loves Crueltie .