Excerpt from Voltaire on the English Stage
Frenchman's work, but there their literary relations ended. After Garrick there were several adapters who in their time held no mean place in the estimation of their contemporaries - though even their memory is now largely darkened b... y the shadow of neglect that has fallen across eighteenth century drama. Arthur Murphy, for instance, was said to have an extent of dramatic talents very rarely concentrated in one writer,2 and Aaron Hill secured a wide hearing from those who lived in the same years with him - his projects, his dramatic theories and practices, his pretensions to poetic authority and power, found many ears. In his own day, says Professor Lounsbury,3 he had no small repute with many of his contemporaries he had the repu tation of being a man of ability, and with some of being a man of genius. Further, Colman the elder and Charles Macklin both had long and intimate connection with the stage. The former was manager, at one time of Covent Garden, at another of the Haymarket; held the esteem and affection of the best men of his day,4 and was, by Byron, favorably compared with Sheridan. Macklin quarreled with everyone, Garrick, Sheridan, the public, and yet so endeared himself that in old age he was applauded when his memory failed him and he stood speechless on the stage; while in his dotage a place was assigned to him in the theatre, where his entrance was a nightly event.
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