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John Fletcher

Birthdate: 1579
Date of death: 1625

John Fletcher was a Jacobean playwright. Following William Shakespeare as house playwright for the King's Men, he was among the most prolific and influential dramatists of his day; both during his lifetime and in the early Restoration, his fame rivalled Shakespeare's. Though his reputation has been far eclipsed since, Fletcher remains an important transitional figure between the Elizabethan popular tradition and the popular drama of the Restoration.

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Wit Without Money
John Fletcher
The Elder Brother
The Elder Brother
John Fletcher
The Loyal Subject
John Fletcher
The Chances
The Chances
John Fletcher
Valentinian
John Fletcher
The Island Princess
The Island Princess
John Fletcher
The Woman's Prize
John Fletcher
The Spanish Curate
The Spanish Curate
John Fletcher
The Mad Lover
John Fletcher

„Sing a song of sixpence.“

—  John Fletcher

Act V, scene 2.
The Tragedy of Bonduca (1611–14; published 1647)

„As high as Heaven, as deep as Hell.“

—  John Fletcher, The Honest Man's Fortune

Act IV, scene 1.
The Honest Man's Fortune, (1613; published 1647)

„Lie lightly on my ashes, gentle earthe.“

—  John Fletcher

Act IV, scene 3. ("Sit tibi terra levis," familiar inscription).
The Tragedy of Bonduca (1611–14; published 1647)

„Charity and treating begin at home.“

—  John Fletcher, Wit Without Money

Scene 2.
Wit Without Money (c. 1614; published 1639)

„Man is his own star, and the soul that can
Render an honest and a perfect man
Commands all light, all influence, all fate.
Nothing to him falls early, or too late.
Our acts our angels are, or good or ill,
Our fatal shadows that walk by us still.“

—  John Fletcher, The Honest Man's Fortune

Epilogue. Compare: "Every man hath a good and a bad angel attending on him in particular all his life long", Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy, part i. sect. 2, memb. 1, subsect. 2.
The Honest Man's Fortune, (1613; published 1647)

„From the crown of our head to the sole of our foot.“

—  John Fletcher, The Honest Man's Fortune

Act II, scene 2. Compare Thomas Middleton, A Mad World, My Masters, Act I, scene 3. Pliny, Natural History, Book VII, Chapter XVII. William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, Act III, scene 2.
The Honest Man's Fortune, (1613; published 1647)

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„Thy clothes are all the soul thou hast.“

—  John Fletcher, The Honest Man's Fortune

Act V, scene 3, line 170.
The Honest Man's Fortune, (1613; published 1647)

„The foot in the grave.“

—  John Fletcher, The Little French Lawyer

Act I, scene 1.
The Little French Lawyer (c. 1619–23; published 1647)

„Death hath so many doors to let out life.“

—  John Fletcher, The Custom of the Country

The Custom of the Country (with Philip Massinger; c. 1619–23; published 1647), Act II, scene 2
Compare: "I know death hath ten thousand several doors / For men to take their exits.", John Webster, Dutchess of Malfi (1623); act IV, scene ii

„First come, first served.“

—  John Fletcher, The Little French Lawyer

Act II, scene 1.
The Little French Lawyer (c. 1619–23; published 1647)

„Let's meet and either do or die.“

—  John Fletcher, The Island Princess

The Island Princess (c. 1620; published 1647), Act II, scene 2. Compare: "Let us do or die", Robert Burns, Bannockburn; same in Thomas Campbell, Gertrude of Wyoming, part iii. stanza 37.

„That soul that can
Be honest is the only perfect man.“

—  John Fletcher, The Honest Man's Fortune

Epilogue. Compare: "An honest man's the noblest work of God", Alexander Pope, Essay on Man, epistle iv. line 248.
The Honest Man's Fortune, (1613; published 1647)

„Whistle, and she'll come to you.“

—  John Fletcher, Wit Without Money

Act IV, scene 4.
Wit Without Money (c. 1614; published 1639)

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

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