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RICHARD BROME

A brief biography

The following biography is reprinted from A Dictionary of the Drama. W. Davenport Adams. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1904.

Richard Brome, dramatist, was the author of the following plays, published in one volume in 1653: A Mad Couple Well Matched (or Met), The Novella, The Court Beggar, The City Wit, and The Demoiselle; also of the following, published in one volume in 1659: The English Moor, The Love-Sick Court, The Weeding of the Covent Garden, The New Academy, and The Queen and Concubine; also of the following, published (with the above-named, in three volumes) in 1873: The Northern Lass, The Sparagus Garden, The Antipodes, A Jovial Crew, and The Queen's Exchange. To these have to be added, Christianetta, The Jewish Gentleman, and The Love-Sick Maid, ascribed to Brome in the books of the Stationers' Company between 1640 and 1653. Wit in a Madness is also attributed to him. He wrote with Ben Jonson, jr., A Fault in Friendship, and, with Thomas Heywood, The Late Lancashire Witches, The Life and Death of Sir Martin Skink, and The Apprentice's Prize. Brome was in early life a servant to Ben Jonson, who refers to the fact in lines prefixed to The Northern Lass, 1652; he is mentioned as Jonson's "man" in the induction to Bartholomew Fair (1614, and he himself, in some verses on Beaumont and Fletcher, writes of Jonson as "the master of his art and me." One of his first dramatic efforts, if not the first, was that which he produced in collaboration with Jonson's son (1623). Jonson spoke of him as having learned his craft well--

"And for it serv'd his time--
A prentiship which few do nowadayes."

He died, it seems probable, in 1652.

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