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Francis Beaumont (1584–1616)

Beaumont, Francis. An English dramatist; younger brother of Sir John Beaumont; born in 1584, at Grace-Dieu, Leicestershire, the family seat; died in London, March 6, 1616. He wrote first ‘Salmacis and Hermaphroditus,’ a poem on Ovid’s legend (1602); and a ‘Masque of the Inner Temple,’ represented at court in 1612–13. From early youth he was associated with John Fletcher. Their plays written together include: ‘Philaster’; ‘The Maid’s Tragedy’; ‘A King and No King’; ‘The Scornful Lady.’ Beaumont alone wrote ‘The Woman Hater’; ‘The Knight of the Burning Pestle.’ Their first collected edition, ‘Comedies and Tragedies,’ appeared in 1647; more complete in 1679. (See Critical and Biographical Introduction).