Friday, August 14, 2009

Abraham Lincoln (play)

by John Drinkwater

From the publisher:
John Drinkwater (1882-1937) who also wrote under the pseudonyms John Darnley and E. Wilmot Terris, was an English poet and dramatist. He was born in Leytonstone, London, and worked as an insurance clerk. In the period immediately before the First World War, he was one of the group of poets associated with the Gloucestershire village of Dymock, along with Rupert Brooke and others.

In 1918, he scored his first major success with his play, Abraham Lincoln. He followed it up with other plays in a similar vein, including: Mary Stuart (1921) and Oliver Cromwell (1921). He progressed into literary criticism, and later became manager of Birmingham Repertory Theatre. His other works include: The Death of Leander and Other Poems (1906), Lyrical and Other Poems (1907), Poems of Men and Hours (1911), Cophetua (1911), An English Medley (1911), The Pied Piper (1912), Poems of Love and Earth (1912), The Only Legend (1913), Pussin Boots (1913) and Rebellion (1914).