John Dennis
John Dennis
John Dennis was an English critic and dramatist, born in Harrow, London He was educated at Harrow School and Caius College, Cambridge, where he took his B.A. degree in 1679. In the next year he was fined and dismissed from his college for having wounded a fellow-student with a sword. He was, however, received at Trinity Hall, where he took his M.A. degree in 1683.
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Bangert column: From 'my bads' to worse on ballot law - Journal and Courier
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West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis, who faces Democrat John Polles, on Tuesday testified in favor of bucking the state law. He talked about his days on the Lafayette Police Department and the "degree of discretion" that went into enforcing new laws
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Local celebrities compete in constitution quizoff - Purdue Exponent
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Mayor John Dennis and Rep. Sheila Klinker, D-Lafayette, hold their constitution QuizOff certificates of completion on Monday's Constitution Day. Head to our website to see a video of the Constitution QuizOff. Posted: Tuesday, September 20,
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John Dennis Hessler - Vallejo Times-Herald
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John Dennis Hessler, 72, died Sept. 2, 2011, in Roseville, California surrounded by his family. John was born May 3, 1939, in Minatare, Nebraska to John Hessler and Lois Lauree Hessler (Fulton). John moved to Vallejo, California, with his family in
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Bangert column: Vapor trails not easy for WL mayoral challenger to chase - Journal and Courier
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Democratic challenger John Polles, left, says West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis “almost seems to me, by design or by happenstance, to be completely noncontroversial, above the fray. And he's a really nice guy.” / By Michael Heinz/Journal & Courier John
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Next mayor needs to focus on city's development - Purdue Exponent
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Wednesday's mayoral debate between Republican incumbent John Dennis and Democratic challenger John Polles included discussion on many city issues, including development. The conversation ranged from the construction of Wang Hall to the vacated space
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2 WL mayoral candidates debate for 90 minutes as 75 watch - Journal and Courier
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John Polles, left, and John Dennis listen to the instructions Wednesday night before the mayoral forum in Morton Community Center. / By Michael Heinz/Journal & Courier West Lafayette resident DeLores Delleur came to a Wednesday night forum between the
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Interview – Team 17 Head of Design, John Dennis - Capsule Computers
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I got to sit down (virtually, through the magic of the Internet) with John Dennis, Head of Design at Worms developer Team 17, to discuss the series' origins, development, transition into 3D, relapse back to 2D, and a few exciting Worms projects in the
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Football team hopes to rally community - The Free Lance-Star
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JOHN DENNIS is a 6-foot-3, 325-pound lineman for the Louisa High School football team, so when he shuts a door, he really shuts it. At 1:51 pm on Aug. 23, Dennis left coach Jon Meeks' office, closed the door behind him and felt the room rattle
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In the huddle with: Louisa OL/DL John Dennis - Fredericksburg.com (blog)
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John Dennis is a 6-foot-3, 325-pound lineman for Louisa. He sat down with The Gridiron for the first installment of what will be a regular feature on this blog. WHERE WERE YOU WHEN THE EARTHQUAKE HIT IN LOUISA? I was coming from Coach Meeks' office
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Under oath, WL residents say they dislike proposed water rates - Journal and Courier
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Also expressing frustration Wednesday was Mayor John Dennis. He said he attended the meeting intending to give a prepared statement to state officials. However, because the city has filed formal paperwork with the state expressing opposition to the
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NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, Sports and WeatherLouisa County Football ... - NBC 29 News
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Lion senior offensive tackle/defensive end John Dennis said, "I feel like we haven't missed a beat since last year. I feel as though we've got to work a little bit harder, so we can get to the ultimate goal, but I feel as though we haven't missed a
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Bradford Athletics Network to continue backing projects - Bradford Telegraph and Argus
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Instead, a proposal from John Dennis, of Keighley & Craven AC, was accepted. It would devolve a third of the budget to clubs, almost two-thirds to coaching and competition, with a small residue for co-ordination and communication
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Worms Crazy Golf Coming To PS3, iOS, PC - Cinema Blend
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said Team 17 Head of Design John Dennis. "While probably not an obvious combination, Worms Crazy Golf is an irreverent mash-up of our own turn-based strategy game Worms and everyone's favourite turn-based game of 'hitting little balls with sticks'. ... -
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John Gaydos, 67 - HollandSentinel.com
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By Anonymous John Dennis Gaydos, 67, of Holland, formerly of Lansing, died Monday, Aug. 8, 2011, at Hospice House of Holland. A funeral will be 11 am Friday at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 171 W. 13th St. in Holland.Burial with military honors
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John Gaydos, 67 - HollandSentinel.com
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By Anonymous John Dennis Gaydos, age 67, of Holland, formerly of Lansing, died Monday, August 8, 2011, at Hospice House of Holland. John was a member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church. He was a veteran of Vietnam serving in the US Marines
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12 appointed to West Lafayette's historic preservation commission - Journal and Courier
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The commission, made up of nine voting members and three nonvoting members appointed by Mayor John Dennis, will create the boundaries for local historic districts and the rules for structures within them. The city council members unanimously approved
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1734
    Age 77
    Dennis died within three weeks of this performance, on 6 January 1734.
    More Details Hide Details Dennis’ works were published in 1702, Select Works (2 vol.) in 1718, and Miscellaneous Tracts, the first volume only of which appeared, in 1727. Although Johnson was to call for a complete edition of Dennis’ works, this was not undertaken until 1938 (Edward Niles Hooker, The Critical Works of John Dennis (Baltimore, 1939). For a contemporary account of Dennis see Theophilus Cibber's Lives of the Poets, Vol. 4; for a nineteenth-century view see Isaac Disraeli's essays on Pope and Addison in the Quarrels of Authors, and On the Influence of a Bad Temper in Criticism in Calamities of Authors; for a contemporary account see the Preface and Introduction to Edward Niles Hooker’s The Critical Works of John Dennis.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1711
    Age 54
    Dennis had fallen out with Addison in April 1711, over an essay that contained a good-humoured rejection of the notion of poetic justice in The Spectator, No. 40.
    More Details Hide Details His analysis of Addison’s highly successful patriotic tragedy in the Remarks upon Cato (1713) returned to this subject, and while Dennis’ motivation may have been partly personally motivated, his criticism remains acute and sensible, and is quoted at considerable length by Johnson in his Life of Addison. According to Thomas Macaulay (Life and Writings of Addison, p. 215) Pope seized the opportunity to respond on Addison’s behalf "venting his malice under the show of friendship", with The Narrative of Dr. Robert Norris, concerning the strange and deplorable frenzy of John Dennis (1713). The pamphlet was full of personal abuse, exposing Dennis's foibles, but offered no defence of Cato, and Addison repudiated any connivance in this attack, and indirectly notified Dennis that when he did answer his objections, it would be without personalities. However, Dennis's day as a leading figure on the London literary scene was over. He gained the nickname of "Furius", while his enthusiasm for the terrible sublime was mocked. The apocryphal tale regarding his petitioning the Duke of Marlborough to have a special clause inserted in the Treaty of Utrecht to secure him from French vengeance, if true, suggests growing paranoia. (Marlborough joked that although he had been a still greater enemy of the French nation, he had no fear for his own security!)
    Dr. Johnson regarded Pope as the instigator of the latter dispute, his Essay on Criticism published mid-May 1711, having "attacked characterised as Appius wantonly", and provoking Dennis’ Reflections Critical and Satirical upon a late Rhapsody Called, an Essay upon Criticism, the following month.
    More Details Hide Details Dennis’ forensic skills as a critic enabled him to critique the flaws in the far younger poet’s observations, intended to show "that as there is a great deal of venom in this little gentleman’s temper, nature has very wisely corrected it with a great deal of dullness…as there is no creature in nature so venomous, there is nothing so stupid and so impotent as a hunch-back’d toad; and a man must be very quiet and very passive, and stand still to let him fasten his teeth and his claws, or to be supriz’d sleeping by him, before that animal can have any power to hurt him." Lacerating pamphlets followed on both sides, culminating in Pope’s Dunciad, and in a scathing note in the edition of 1729 (Book I, 1, 106), which included an insulting epigram attributed to Richard Savage, but now generally ascribed to Pope himself.
    In 1711 he fell out with both Joseph Addison and Alexander Pope.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1706
    Age 49
    His Essay on Italian Opera in 1706 argues that the introspection encouraged by the sensuality of music, but particularly Italian opera, is harmful to public spirit at a time of war.
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  • 1704
    Age 47
    Dennis appears to have reached a turning point in 1704, when, at the age of 47 he withdrew from city life.
    More Details Hide Details In the years following this he appears to have become increasingly marginalised, both from new developments in cultural life, and from a new generation on the literary scene.
    One of his tragedies, a violent attack on the French in harmony with popular prejudice, entitled Liberty Asserted, was produced with great success at Lincoln's Inn Fields in 1704.
    More Details Hide Details For Appius and Virginia (1709), he invented a new kind of thunder. The play was not a success and the management of the Drury Lane Theatre withdrew it. But later at a performance of Macbeth there Dennis found the thunder produced by his method and said, According to Brewer's entry (under the headword thunder), this is the origin of the phrase, "to steal one's thunder". Dennis is best remembered as the leading critic of his generation, and as a pioneer of the concept of the sublime as an aesthetic quality. After taking the Grand Tour of the Alps he published his comments in a journal letter published as Miscellanies in 1693, giving an account of crossing the Alps where, contrary to his prior feelings for the beauty of nature as a "delight that is consistent with reason", the experience of the journey was at once a "pleasure to the eye as music is to the ear", but "mingled with Horrours, and sometimes almost with despair." The significance of his account is that the concept of the sublime, at the time a rhetoric term primarily relevant to literary criticism, was used to describe a positive appreciation for horror and terror in aesthetic experience, in contrast to Ashley Cooper, The Third Earl of Shaftesbury’s more timid response to the sublime.
    In the years prior to 1704 he reigned as one of the leading coffee house wits alongside Congreve.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1683
    Age 26
    He was, however, received at Trinity Hall, where he took his M.A. degree in 1683.
    More Details Hide Details After travelling in France and Italy, he settled in London, where he became acquainted with Dryden, and close to Wycherley, Congreve and the leading literary figures of his day; and being made temporarily independent by inheriting a small fortune, he devoted himself to literature. The Duke of Marlborough procured him a place as one of the queen's waiters in the customs with a salary of £20 a year. This he afterwards disposed of for a small sum, retaining, at the suggestion of Lord Halifax, a yearly charge upon it for a long term of years.
  • 1679
    Age 22
    He was educated at Harrow School and Caius College, Cambridge, where he took his B.A. degree in 1679.
    More Details Hide Details In the next year he was fined and dismissed from his college for having wounded a fellow student with a sword.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1658
    Age 1
    He was born in the parish of St Andrew Holborn, London, in 1658.
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