Thomas Otway (Otway Thomas)( English dramatist.)
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Biography Thomas Otway (Otway Thomas)
Born March 3, 1652 in Trottone (Sussex County). He graduated from Winchester College and Christ Church College, Oxford University and in 1672 moved to London, where he devoted himself to the theater that did not bring him neither money nor fame. In 1678 a post in the army, he served a short time abroad, he returned to London, where he lived in poverty until his death.
Although Otway wrote three comedies and used comedy plot moves in his tragedies, a comedy was not his element. Of his poems of the heroic plays best - Don Carlos, the Spanish prince (Don Carlos, Prince of Spain, 1676). Glory he brought in two recent tragedies - orphans, or unhappy marriage (Orphan, or The Unhappy Marriage, 1680) and saved Venice, or an attempted (Venice Preserved, Or A Plot Discovered, 1681-1682). As in the tragedy of J. Dryden All for Love (All For Love, 1677), they see the rejection of the stilted heroics; by returning to Elizabethan drama, with its passions. Features tragedies Otway: passions, the rapid development of the plot, carefully drawn characters, hope in the mercy and the fate.
Otway died in London on April 16, 1685.