Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816) social comedies include The Rivals in 1775, celebrated for the character of Mrs. Malaprop, The School for Scandal in 1777, and The Critic in 1779.
In 1776 he became lessee of the Drury Lane Theatre. He became a member of Parliament in 1780.
He entered Parliament as an adherent of Charles Fox. A noted orator, he directed the impeachment of the former governor-general of India, Warren Hastings, and was treasurer to the Navy 1806-1807.
His last years were clouded by the burning down of his theatre in 1809, the loss of his parliamentary seat in 1812, and by financial ruin and mental breakdown.
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Richard Brinsley Sheridan was a English dramatist and politician, born in Dublin.
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