Note by A Milnes to As A Playwright a chapter of The Life Of Dryden

Born 1660, was only twenty-two when his first play was acted. He wrote, to support the court party, ' The Loyal Brother ,' intended to be taken as a compliment to the Duke of York. Cf. p. 30, 1. 5, where Dryden addresses him as ' Young man .' He it was who finished 'Cleomenes' for Dryden; and in 1696 he wrote 'Oroonoko,' a play founded on the novel of the same name by Afra Behn, and intended as an attack on slavery.

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