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Oxenford, John

OXENFORD, JOHN (181 2-1877), English dramatist, was born at Camberwell on the 12th of August 181 2. He began his Uterary career by writing on finance. He was an excellent linguist, and the author of many translations from the German, notably of Goethe's Dichtung uiid Wahr licit (1846) and Eckermann's Conversations of Goetlie (1850). He did much by his writing to spread the fame of Schopenhauer in England. His first play was My Fellow Clerk, produced at the Lyceum in 1835. This was followed by a long series of pieces, the most famous of which was perhaps the Porter's Knot (1858) and Twice Killed (1835). About 1850 he became dramatic critic of The Times. He died in Southwark on the 21st of February 1877.

Many references to his pieces will be found in The Life and Reminiscences of E. L. Blanchard (ed. C. Scott and C. Howard, 1891).

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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