Other literary forms

(British and Irish Poetry, Revised Edition)

Sir Charles Sedley (SEHD-lee) was also known for his plays during his lifetime. His first theatrical venture was translating an act of Pierre Corneille’s La Mort de Pompée (pr. 1643; The Death of Pompey, 1663) as a joint project withEdmund Waller, Robert Filmer, Baron Buckhurst, and Sidney Godolphin; it was performed in 1664 as Pompey the Great. Later plays include The Mulberry Garden (pr., pb. 1668), Antony and Cleopatra (pr., pb. 1677), and Bellamira: Or, The Mistress (pr., pb. 1687). Sedley’s plays were treated with respect during the Restoration and proved moderately successful at the box office, but they have not survived their era in performance. They are available in Vivian de Sola Pinto’s 1928 edition of Sedley’s works.