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Arthur Murphy


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Arthur Murphy : The Grecian Daughter

'Extract from Murphy's Grecian Daughter' 'Filial Affection'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: member of Carey/Maingay group     


Arthur Murphy : [unknown]

'Speaking of Arthur Murphy, whom he very much loved, "I don't know (said he) that Arthur can be classed with the very first dramatick writers; yet at present I doubt much whether we have any thing superiour to Arthur".' [account by Dr Maxwell, an Irish London priest friend of Dr Johnson]

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Samuel Johnson      Print: Book


Arthur Murphy : Contest

'At the time when Owen Ruffhead was writing the "Contest" in opposition to Murphy's "Test"; Gilbert Cooper it seems thought so highly of the performance that he would persuade himself Mr Pitt was the Authour'

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Gilbert Cooper      Print: Serial / periodical


Arthur Murphy : Grecian Daughter, the: A tragedy

'Mr Murphy's Grecian Daughter is I think unquestionably the best of all our modern Tragedies, & all its Merit is the Power it has over our Passions too; for nobody I believe ever dreamed of repeating a line on't: Now though to move Terror & Pity those two throbbing Pulses of the Drama, be the first Thing required in a Tragedy; there are others which are necessary to make it complete, as Sentiment Diction &c. 'tis entertaining enough to observe the effect of each style separately - & we shall have Cato and Irene at one End; the Earl of Essex and George Barnwell at the other'.

Century: 1700-1799     Reader/Listener/Group: Hester Lynch Thrale      Print: Book


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