(February 8, 1612-September 25, 1680)
Born in Strensham, England, United Kingdom
Best known for 'Hubridas' (1663-68), a satire on Puritanism
Why he might be annoying
He wanted to be an artist, but one of his editors noted that his paintings were mostly used to board over windows and 'indeed they were not fit for much else.'
He repaid his patrons by satirizing them in his works.
The Encyclopedia Britannica described 'Hubridas' as part of 'the class of books which are more quoted than read.' (1911)
His most famous quote, 'Spare the rod and spoil the child,' is constantly misattributed to The Bible.
Why he might not be annoying
Playwright/critic John Dennis called him 'a whole species of poets in one.'
'Hubridas' was so successful, it made the mock heroic epic the standard form for satire in English literature for several decades.
Voltaire said of 'Hubridas,' 'I never found so much wit in one single book.'
Credit: C. Fishel
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In 2016, Out of 4 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
In 2015, Out of 5 Votes: 20.0% Annoying
In 2014, Out of 2 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
In 2013, Out of 8 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
In 2012, Out of 11 Votes: 81.82% Annoying
In 2011, Out of 19 Votes: 21.05% Annoying
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