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Francis Beaumont

Francis Beaumont, 1585-1616, English dramatist, best known for his collaborations with John Fletcher.

Beginning in 1607, Beaumont wrote a series of plays in collaboration with Fletcher, lasting until his death in 1616. His contributions to the works attributed to the pair is difficult to ascertain, but he is believed to have been the guilding hand in the three most successful collaborations, The Maid's Tragedy, Philaster, and A King and No King. He is also known for one work of his own composition, The Knight of the Burning Pestle, a parody of then-popular chivalric plays by Thomas Dekker.