Charles Johnson

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  • Robert G Dryden (University of Hartford )

History has not been kind to Charles Johnson, a curious and sympathetic figure about whom relatively little is known. Even though he wrote seventeen plays and produced sixteen of them on the London stage between 1710 and 1733, he became an object of ridicule in Alexander Pope's The Dunciad. We know he had some legal training, although there is no evidence to support that he ever practiced law. He had a longstanding feud with Pope, one that Johnson argued ruined his career. Much of his opportunity in the theater came from his alliance with John Wilks, co-manager of the Drury Lane Theater; two of his plays were reproduced into the nineteenth century; when he retired from the theater he married a young, wealthy widow, and he …

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Dryden, Robert G. "Charles Johnson". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 07 October 2006
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Articles on Johnson's works

  1. The Successful Pyrate. A Play. As it is acted at the Theatre-Royal in Drury-Lane