Drue, Thomas (DNB00)

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DRUE, THOMAS (fl. 1631), dramatist, is the author of an interesting historical play, ‘The Life of the Dvtches of Svffolke,’ 1631, 4to, which has been wrongly attributed by Langbaine and others to Thomas Heywood. The play was published anonymously, but it is assigned to Drue in the ‘Stationers Registers’ (under date 13 Nov. 1629) and in Sir Henry Herbert's ‘Office-book.’ Another play, ‘The Bloodie Banquet. By T. D.,’ 1620, 4to, has been attributed without evidence to Drue. An unpublished play, the ‘Woman's Mistake,’ is ascribed in the ‘Stationers' Registers,’ 9 Sept. 1653, to Robert Davenport [q. v.] and Drue. Possibly the dramatist may be the Thomas Drewe who in 1621 published ‘Daniel Ben Alexander, the converted Jew, first written in Syriacke and High Dutch by himselfe. Translated … into French by S. Lecherpiere. And out of French into English,’ 4to.

[Arber's Transcript of Stationers' Registers, iv. 188; Chalmers's Supplemental Apology, p. 217.]

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