Cooke, Edward (fl.1678) (DNB00)

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COOKE, EDWARD (fl. 1678), dramatic poet, was the author of ‘Love's Triumph, or the Royal Union,’ a tragedy, never represented on the stage, in five acts and in verse, Lond. 1678, 4to, with a dedication to the Princess of Orange. Probably he is the same person who translated ‘The Divine Epicurus, or the Empire of Pleasure over the Vertues. Compos'd by that most renown'd philosopher, Mr. A. Le Grand,’ Lond. 1676.

Another person of the same name published a work in verse entitled ‘Bartas Junior; or the World's Epitome: Man, set forth in his, 1. Generation, 2. Degeneration, 3. Regeneration,’ Lond. 1631, 8vo. In the address to the reader he says: ‘It is almost 12 yeares since I finished this subject, and now, by the importunity of a learned friend, divulged.’

[Langbaine's Dramatic Poets, p. 25; Addit. MS. 24492, f. 128 b; Baker's Biog. Dram. (1812), i. 147, ii. 397.; Cat. of Printed Books in Brit. Mus.]

T. C.