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Excerpt from A Select Collection of Old Plays, Vol. 1 of 12Of near two centuries had occafioned, and the reputation which our favourite Author pof fehed depended in fome degree on the ftc quent reptefizntation of a very few of his plays at the theatres. How little he was read may be feen by the example of Sir Richard Steele, who does not appear to have been acquainted with fo popular a play as The Taming of a Sbrew To account for fo general a difregard to wards the early writers for the Rage may not be an eafy talk, though it would not be difficult to prove the injufiice of it. Many caufes are to be afiigned. The fanaticifm, which prevailed about the middle of the laft century, had a fatal influence over the theatre for fome time. The intemperance of religious zeal carried deftruc tion along with it wherever the works of tafle were to bemet with and its dominion continued fo long, that few of the dramatic poets, who flourifhed when the civil wars broke out, re mained at the Refloration. The convulfions of the times, which had interrupted all kind of di verfions, produced alfo a change in the manners of the people, and thofe who adhered to mo hareby, on their return from exile, brought home with them a fondnefs for the French.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully, any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works._,