George Lillo

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Lillo, George


Born Feb. 4, 1693, in London; died there Sept. 3, 1739. English playwright. Son of a Dutch jeweler.

Lillo’s major plays were The London Merchant, or The History of George Barnwell (1731; Russian translation 1764) and The Fatal Curiosity (1736). His works solidified the position on the English stage of the domestic tragedy, or tragedie bourgeoise, which combined realistic character portrayal with moral edification. His dramas influenced literature in both Great Britain (H. Fielding, E. Moore) and France, where D. Diderot and J.-J. Rousseau were among those who esteemed Lillo highly. In the 19th century, W. Thackeray parodied Lillo’s style in his play George de Barnwell.


Dramatic Works, 2nd ed., vols. 1–2. London, 1810.


Istoriia angliiskoi literatury, vol. 1, issue 2. Moscow-Leningrad, 1945. Pages 485–89.
Hoffmann, L. George Lillo. Marburg, 1888.
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Mr Wopsle had in his hand the affecting tragedy of George Barnwell, in which he had that moment invested sixpence, with the view of heaping every word of it on the head of Pumblechook, with whom he was going to drink tea.
As I never assisted at any other representation of George Barnwell, I don't know how long it may usually take; but I know very well that it took until half-past nine o' clock that night, and that when Mr.
Never mind George Barnwell,' interrupted Sam, who had remained a wondering listener during this short colloquy;
He was likewise reported to have said that in former times a stigma had been cast upon the body by the execution of George Barnwell, to which they should not have basely submitted, but should have demanded him of the legislature-- temperately at first; then by an appeal to arms, if necessary--to be dealt with as they in their wisdom might think fit.
51) Pierre Clement de Geneve, Le Marchand de Londres, ou l'histoire de George Barnwell.
ABOVE: Rawthorpe High head Joan Young with some pupils (PC090108Crawthorpe-1); LEFT: King James's head Robert Lamb with Simon Gelling, George Barnwell, Keith Hudson, Jessica Haigh, Naomi Singleton and Laura Shuttleworth.
George Barnwell, today welcomed the Committees decision, but added" "We have had various reports in the past that this development was going to be stopped.
UK exchange student George Barnwell, 20, of Kings Heath, Birmingham, hid in his dormitory at Virginia Tech with his girlfriend when the gunman opened fire in the building next door.
British engineering student George Barnwell, from Birmingham, is on an exchange programme at the uni and was woken by sounds of shooting.
George Barnwell from Kings Heath said: "Several friends of mine were near to the second incident and took pictures using a mobile phone.
Domestic tragedy did not take hold, however, until reintroduced in the 18th century by George Lillo with The London Merchant; or, The History of George Barnwell (1731).
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu asserted that `whoever did not cry at George Barnwell must deserve to be hanged'.