William Alabaster

Paul Bembridge (University of Exeter)
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Until the twentieth century, the reputation of the poet and theologian, William Alabaster (1568-1640), rested almost entirely upon his published works in Latin. In his own time, he was principally known as the author of a cabbalistic work published in Antwerp in 1607, the Apparatus in revelationem Iesu Christi, and a prophetic work published in London in 1633, Ecce sponsus venit. For many years after his death, however, he was better known as a dramatist, the author of Roxana, a university play composed in Latin around 1592 and published in 1632, which earned him the praise of Thomas Fuller (Worthies, 1662) as “A most rare poet as any our age or nation hath produced”, a sentiment echoed by …

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Citation: Bembridge, Paul. "William Alabaster". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 April 2018 [https://staging.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=57, accessed 25 September 2023.]

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