E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
(b. near Hitchin, Hertfordshire, 1557 or 1559; d. 1634). Skianuktos, the Shadow of Night (1595); Ovids Banquet of Sense (1595); The Shield of Achilles (1596); The Blind Beggar of Alexandria (1598); An Humerous Dayes Myrth (1599); All Fooles (1605); Eastward Hoe (1605); Monsieur dOlive (1606); The Gentleman Usher (1606); Bussy dAmbois (1607); The Conspiracie and Tragedie of Charles, Duke of Byron (1608); Euthymiæ Raptus; or, the Teares of Peace (1609); May Day (1611); An Epicede, or Funerall Song, on the Most Disastrous Death of Henry, Prince of Wales (1612); The Widowes Teares (1612); The Memorable Maske of the Two Honourable Houses of Inns of Court (1614); Andromeda Liberator; or, the Nuptials of Perseus and Andromeda (1614); Eugenia; or, True Nobilities Trance (1614); Two Wise Men and all the Rest Fooles (1619); Pro Vere Autumni Lachrymæ, to the Memory of Sir Horatio Vere (1622); A Justification of the Strange Action of Nero, being the Fifth Satire of Juvenal, Translated (1629); Cæsar and Pompey (1631); The Ball, The Tragedie of Chabot, Admirall of France (1639); Revenge for Honour (1654); The Tragedie of Alphonsus, Emperor of Germany (1654); and The Second Maidens Tragedy. He also published translations of Homer (1596), Hesiod (1612), and Musæus (1616). Chapmans Works were edited, in 1874, by R. H. Shepherd. For Biography and Criticism, see Woods Athenæ Oxonienses; Longbaines Dramatick Poets; Wartons English Poetry; Campbells English Poets; Hazlitts Age of Elizabeth; Hallams Literature of Europe; Swinburnes introduction to the Works (1875); and Morleys English Writers, vols. x. and xi. He has been panegyrised by Waller, Pope, Dr. Johnson, Godwin, Lamb, Coleridge, Keats, etc.