--Sheridan Knowles, the dramatist, has just died in England, at the age of seventy-eight years. He was born in Cork, when Kemble and Siddons were in the first day of their triumphs at Drury Lane.
At the age of twenty-four he made the acquaintance of Edmund Kean, for whom he wrote his first play, a melodrama, called "Leo, the Gipsey." In 1815 his tragedy of "Calus Gracehus" was produced at Belfast, and afterwards he wrote "William Tell" for Macready.
His "Blind Beggar of Bethnal Green," produced in 1828, was a failure despite such an attractive Bass as Ellen Tree, and despite, too, the elaborate pains bestowed on the play by the disappointed author.
He found ample future compensation for that and one or two other less complete failures in "Love," "The Hunchback," "The Love Chase," and "The Wife."
The London Athenaeum, in a notice of the death of Knowles, thus describes his later years:
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