Picture of Francis Beaumont, co-author of The Maid's Tragedy, The Woman-Hater, and other works
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Beaumont, Fletcher, Maids
On this day in 1611 The Maid's Tragedy, by Francis Beaumont (left) and John Fletcher, was entered in the Stationers' Register. Beaumont and Fletcher dominated English theater throughout the 17th century; many of their plays were the sex-murder "stews" so popular at the time, but they were produced and praised at four or five times the rate of Shakespeare's plays, and contemporaries placed Fletcher in a "triumvirate of wit" with Shakespeare and Ben Jonson.

 

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