John Fletcher (1579-1625) was a contemporary of William Shakespeare and followed him as main playwright for the King’s Men. The Faithful Shepherdess (produced in 1608, probably published in 1609) is also important for Fletcher’s definition of tragicomedy, which highlights the importance of near-death to the genre.
Fletcher, John, "Phantastes Chapter 20: The Faithful Shepherdess" (1609). German Romantic and Other Influences. 23.
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