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"Tyranny Absolves all faith; and who invades our rights, However his own commence, can never be But an usurper." -- Henry Brooke
Henry Brooke (1703 — October 10, 1783) was a novelist and dramatist. He was born in Ireland, the son of a clergyman, studied law at Trinity College, Dublin, but embraced literature as a career.

Brooke began his career as a poet. His now forgotten Universal Beauty was published in 1735, and Alexander Pope thought its sentiments and poetry fine. He then turned dramatist by adapting extant plays, such as The Earl of Essex. He wrote from the Tory point of view and became one of the most important figures in Augustan drama, although not for his successes. His Gustavus Vasa (1739) has the distinction of being the first play banned by the Licensing Act of 1737. The play concerned the liberation of Sweden from Denmark in 1521 by King Gustav I of Sweden. Robert Walpole believed that the villain of the play resembled him. Further, a facetious "attack" on it was the first public writing of Samuel Johnson, whose A Complete Vindication of the Licensers of the English Stage feigns support for Walpole while it drives the censor's argument to reductio ad absurdum.

Brooke lived in Ireland most of his life, but he spent time in London when his plays were on the stage. In politics, he was somewhat radical in arguing publicly for loosening the laws persecuting Roman Catholics in the United Kingdom. His daughter Charlotte Brooke was herself an important figure in the history of Irish literature, publishing Reliques of Irish Poetry (1789) and working to increase the profile of Irish language poetry.

Later, his Earl of Essex came back to the boards in a revival. Again, Samuel Johnson offered his public support of Brooke, but when he heard the Earl saying at the end of Act II, "He who rules o'er free men must himself be free," Johnson replied, "He who drives fat oxen must himself be fat." Although Johnson was objecting to the misuse and overuse of "freedom" and was at that time in a vexatious debate over the United States War of Independence (saying, "Why is it that we hear the loudest cries for liberty from the drivers of Negroes?"), Brooke was mortified by Johnson's parody and changed the line for his Collected Works.

Brooke had a difficult life and made a very poor living. The Licensing Act robbed him of his primary avenue to making a living, for, after the Act, he was the first man banned by it. Whatever fame this lent him was made up for by his inability to get new plays performed. His greatest commercial successes came from the Earl of Essex and his two novels, The Fool of Quality (1760-1772) and Juliet Grenville (1774), which are two of the finest sentimental novels. John Wesley was so fond of The Fool of Quality, in which Brooke declares his belief in universal salvation, that he sought to have a copy of it given out to all new Methodist churches.

He had twenty-two children. Of these, only Charlotte survived adolescence. She shepherded his Works through the press after his death.

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Total Books: 94
Ketogenic Diet Rapid Weight Loss Holiday Recipes
2015 - Ketogenic Diet Rapid Weight Loss Holiday Recipes (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781519698650
ISBN-10: 1519698658
Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting
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Paleo Jar Salads One Month of Delicious Paleo Jar Salad Recipes
2015 - Paleo Jar Salads One Month of Delicious Paleo Jar Salad Recipes (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781517208356
ISBN-10: 1517208351
Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine
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The Fool of Quality  Or the History of Henry Earl of Moreland
2010 - The Fool of Quality or the History of Henry Earl of Moreland [Volume 1] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780217081399
ISBN-10: 0217081398
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The Fool of Quality Or the History of Henry Earl of Moreland
2010 - The Fool of Quality or the History of Henry Earl of Moreland (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781143719226
ISBN-10: 1143719220
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
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The British Moralist V1 Or Young Gentleman And Lady's Polite Preceptor
2010 - The British Moralist V1 or Young Gentleman and Lady's Polite Preceptor [1771] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781120873095
ISBN-10: 1120873096
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Fool of Quality Or the History of Henry Earl of Moreland Volume 1
2010 - The Fool of Quality or the History of Henry Earl of Moreland Volume 1 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781142573072
ISBN-10: 1142573079
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Brookiana Volume 2
2010 - Brookiana Volume 2 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781142595852
ISBN-10: 1142595854
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The Fool of Quality Or the History of Henry Earl of Moreland Volume 5
2010 - The Fool of Quality or the History of Henry Earl of Moreland Volume 5 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781142883492
ISBN-10: 1142883493
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The Fool of Quality
2010 - The Fool of Quality (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781141859320
ISBN-10: 1141859327
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Fables for the Female Sex
2010 - Fables for the Female Sex (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781141615155
ISBN-10: 1141615150
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Brooke's
2010 - Brooke's (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781152500938
ISBN-10: 1152500937
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The Tryal of the Roman Catholics on a Special Commission Directed to Lord Chief Justice Reason Lord Chief Baron Interest and Mr Justice
The Secret History and Memoirs of the Barracks of Ireland
2009 - The Secret History and Memoirs of the Barracks of Ireland (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781151541932
ISBN-10: 1151541931
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The History of Henry Earl of Moreland
2009 - The History of Henry Earl of Moreland (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781150165108
ISBN-10: 1150165103
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The Tryal of the Cause of the Roman Catholics
2009 - The Tryal of the Cause of the Roman Catholics (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781150245435
ISBN-10: 1150245433
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The Tryal of the Roman Catholicks
2009 - The Tryal of the Roman Catholicks (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781150632518
ISBN-10: 1150632518
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Brookiana
2009 - Brookiana (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781150337802
ISBN-10: 115033780X
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Moores Fables for the female sex Embellished with engravings
The Fool of Quality or The History of Henry Earl of Moreland Volume II
The fool of quality or The history of Henry Earl of Moreland With an introd by WP Strickland a
The Fool of Quality or The History of Henry Earl of Moreland Vol I
2009 - The Fool of Quality or the History of Henry Earl of Moreland Vol I (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781115546553
ISBN-10: 1115546554
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1994 - Criminal Law Involuntary Manslaughter [Consultation Paper] (Paperback)
Law Commission [Gt. Britain : Annual Report 28th, 1993] (Paperback)