John Dennis (dramatist)

John Dennis (* 1657 in London, † January 6, 1734 ) was an English dramatist and critic.

John Dennis studied at the Harrow School in London and Gonville and Caius College at Cambridge where he received his degree in 1679 (Bachelor of Arts). He undertook many study trips to France and Italy, which he the literature, especially the drama devoted himself. When he Joseph Addison ( Cato, 1713) and Alexander Pope ( The Rape of the Lock, 1712) criticized, he earned a place in Alexander Pope's works (The Dunciad, 1728), a merciless accounting of Popes critics. In addition, Dennis was the subject of a sarcastic essay, which Pope issued jointly with Jonathan Swift.

When Dennis had financial problems, it helped John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough a job, waiter of the Queen Mary II. Too, he got a small annual pension of Robert Walpole. On 18 December 1733, a benefit was held for Dennis from the management of the Haymarket Theatre, for his former opponent Alexander Pope wrote the prologue.

His works collected published London 1697-1720, his "Select Works" (London 1718, 2 vols )

  • Briton
  • Author
  • Drama
  • Literary criticism
  • Writers ( London)
  • Born in 1657
  • Died in 1734
  • Man