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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.
Ross Shirley, 35, and Danielle Brighouse, 33, both of Jefferson Drive, Warrington; Stephen Muskett, 38, of Hamilton Road, St Helens; Eric Scragg, 54, of Norris Avenue, Stockport; James Shirley, 37, of Boundary Stone Lane, Widnes; Norma Shirley, 60, of Grosvenor Court, Warrington; Joanne Smith, 38, and Toni Smith, 35, of Regency Park, Widnes, deny all charges.
When James Shirley imagined his contemporaries 'dwell[ing] and convers[ing]' in the 'immortall Groves' of the 1647 folio, his words combined the fanciful hyperbole of a paratext writer with a precise and pertinent account of early modern reading practice: his image of a 'convers[ation]' between readers and writers aptly captures the active and creative engagements that printed drama invited.
Based on the historical pattern we found, we believe it is very likely that a global dust storm will begin within a few weeks or months of this date," James Shirley, a planetary scientist at NASA's JPL, said in the statement.
She identifies her approach to the drama as more "oppositional" than those of influential critics such as Martin Butler, but she is careful to insist that playwrights such as Ben Jonson, Richard Brome, Philip Massinger, John Ford, or James Shirley offered challenges not to Charles's "position as monarch" but rather to "his ability to act above, beyond or outside the established laws of the country" (9).
Encompassing literature, legal history, and politics, Jessica Dyson's Staging Authority in Caroline England: Prerogative, Law and Order in Drama, 1625-1642 analyzes plays by Phillip Massinger, Richard Brome, Ben Jonson, James Shirley, and John Ford in the context of English legal debates about sovereign prerogative and legitimate legal authority in the two decades leading up to the Civil War.
9) Although Bidart constructs his counter-tradition by revising a diversity of prior texts, I will focus on the presence of four main literary precursors: James Shirley, Walt Whitman, Allen Ginsberg, and Robert Lowell.
Developed by John Ogilby, the English-born Master of Revels, it attracted James Shirley, then London's leading playwright.
30pm, High Street, near Thorntons, Lewis Floyd Henry; 1pm, The Garden House, Hagley Road, Teens Jazzband Velke Losiny; 1pm, City Inn, Brindleyplace, James Shirley Quintet from King Edwards School; 4pm, The Crown, Corporation Street, Rythme Futur; 4.
Western Infirmary: pounds 5 In memory of my brother James Shirley, from Nancy.
The masque was written in 1634 by James Shirley, with music by William Lawes and Simon Ives.
Uxbridge: Daniel Charles Featherstone, Colin Noble Gurney*, William Patrick Laverty, Anthony Michael Menotti, Bryan James Shirley, Nathaniel Rumsey Smithson, Jessica Lynn Zollo.