Sir John Burgoyne

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  • Lois Potter

Most of John Burgoyne's literary works show a strong French influence, the result of his having lived for seven years in France in his youth. His first staged work was The Maid of the Oaks (1774), capitalising on the success of a fête champêtre he had organised for the wedding of his friend, the Earl of Derby. Shortly after its Drury Lane premiere (directed by David Garrick) Burgoyne sailed to the American colonies as part of the forces blockading Boston. He organised amateur theatricals for members of the British army stationed there, and wrote a prologue for their production of Zara (Aaron Hill's translation of Voltaire's Zaïre), but there is no evidence for a story that still appears from time to time in p…

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Potter, Lois. "Sir John Burgoyne". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 07 July 2001
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