Cartwright, George (DNB00)

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CARTWRIGHT, GEORGE (fl. 1661), dramatist, was the author of a solitary tragedy entitled ‘The Heroick Lover, or the Infanta of Spain,’ London, 1661, 8vo, dedicated to Charles II. It was presumably unacted. The scene is Poland, and the author speaks of it as ‘a poem consisting more of fatal truth than flying fancy.’ It is in rhymed verse, and is in all respects a poor production. Cartwright is unmentioned by Langbaine, Winstanley, and Phillips. The first reference to him occurs in Gildon's addition to Langbaine, 1699, where it is said that the author ‘has writ a play called “Heroick Love,”’ a mistake copied by succeeding writers, and that he ‘lived at Fulham.’

[Baker, Reed, and Jones's Biographia Dramatica; Genest's Account of the Stage; The Lives and Characters of the English Dramatic Poets, first begun by Mr. Langbaine, improved and continued down to this time by a careful hand, 1699.]

J. K.