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Nathaniel Lee (1653-1692)

Seventeenth century English playwright, most known for his plays The Rival Queens (written entirely in blank verse) and Theodosius, neither of which achieved great notoriety. He also wrote The Tragedy of Sophonisba and Lucius Junius Brutus, continuing his focus on tragedies. His plays were very popular in his own time, but were apparently banned by the government in 1679 for an unspecified reason. He was consigned to Bedlam for four years after being accused of madness, giving rise to his nickname "The Mad Poet". As a result of this, Nathaniel Lee is perhaps most famous for this quotation, made when looking back on his years in the asylum:

"They called me mad, and I called them mad, and damn them, they outvoted me!"

Source: various websites/textbooks

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