Lucius Junius Brutus; Father of His Country. A Tragedy. NATHANIEL LEE.

Lucius Junius Brutus; Father of His Country. A Tragedy.

Publisher: London: Printed for Richard Tonson, and Jacob Tonson, 1681.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: Wing L-852; Pforzheimer 590; NCBEL II, 746.
Condition: Lightly foxed; corner torn from one leaf, with loss of a catchword; very good copy, with decent margins.
Book ID: 22252


4to, disbound, [74] pages.


¶ Lee’s drama about the Roman senator Brutus, which includes a few lines on what Pforzheimer calls “the immoral effeminacy of Tarquin.” These were interpreted as an untoward reflection on Charles II. As a consequence, Lord Chamberlain shut down the play during its third performance. The dedication includes a reference to Shakespeare and Ben Jonson: “There are some Subjects that require but half the strength of a great Poet, but when Greece or old Rome come in play, the Nature Wit and Vigor of foremost Shakespeare, the Judgment and Force of Jonson . . . will scarce suffice for so terrible a grapple.”.

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