Nicholas Rowe, English dramatist and miscellaneous writer, was appointed Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom in 1715. His plays and poems were well-received during his lifetime, with one of his translations described as one of the greatest productions in English poetry, he was considered the first editor of the works of William Shakespeare. Nicholas Rowe was born in Little Barford, England, son of John Rowe and sergeant-at-law, Elizabeth, daughter of Jasper Edwards, on 20 June 1674, his family possessed a considerable estate at Lamerton in Devonshire. His father practised law and published Benlow's and Dallison's Reports during the reign of King James II; the future English poet was educated first at Highgate School, at Westminster School under the guidance of Richard Busby. In 1688, Rowe became a King's Scholar, followed by his entrance into Middle Temple in 1691, his entrance into Middle Temple was decided upon by his father, who felt that Rowe had made sufficient progress to qualify him to study law.
While at Middle Temple, he read statutes and reports with proficiency proportionate to the force of his mind, such that he endeavoured to comprehend law, not as a series of precedents, or collection of positive precepts, but as a system of rational government and impartial justice. On his father's death, when he was nineteen, he became the master of an independent fortune, he was left to his own direction, from that time ignored law to try his hand first at poetry, later at writing plays. Rowe was first married to a woman with whom he had a son John, his second wife was Anne Devenish, she bore him a daughter named Charlotte. Rowe acted as under-secretary to the Duke of Queensberry when he was principal secretary of state for Scotland. On the accession of George I, Rowe was made a surveyor of customs, in 1715 he succeeded Nahum Tate as poet laureate, he was appointed clerk of the council to the Prince of Wales, in 1718 was nominated by Lord Chancellor Parker as clerk of the presentations in Chancery.
He died on 6 December 1718, was buried in Westminster Abbey. The inscription on his tomb reads as follows: To the Memory of NICHOLAS ROWE Esq: who died in 1718 Aged 45, And of Charlotte his only daughter the wife of Henry Fane Esq. Thy Reliques, Rowe, to this sad Shrine we trust, near thy Shakespear place thy honour’d Bust, Oh next him skill’ed to draw the tender Tear, For never Heart felt Passion more sincere: To nobler sentiment to fire the Brave. For never Briton more disdain’d a Slave: Peace to the gentle Shade, endless Rest, Blest in thy Genius, in thy love too blest. To these, so mourn’d in Death, so lov’d in Life! The childless Parent & the widow’d wife With tears inscribes this monument Stone, That holds their Ashes & expects her own. Upon his death his widow received a pension from George I in 1719 in recognition of her husband's translation of Lucan; this verse translation, or rather paraphrase of the Pharsalia, was called by Samuel Johnson one of the greatest productions in English poetry, was read, running through eight editions between 1718 and 1807.
The Ambitious Stepmother, Rowe's first play, produced in 1700 at Lincoln's Inn Fields by Thomas Betterton and set in Persepolis, was well received. This was followed in 1701 by Tamerlane. In this play the conqueror Timur represented William III, Louis XIV is denounced as Bajazet, it was for many years acted on the anniversary of William's landing at Torbay. In Dublin in 1712, at a time when political passions were running high, the performance provoked a serious riot; the Fair Penitent, an adaptation of Massinger and Field's The Fatal Dowry, was pronounced by Samuel Johnson as one of the most pleasing tragedies written in English. It featured the character of Lothario from The Impertinent Curious Man, a story within a story in Miguel de Cervantes' 1605 novel Don Quixote; as a result of this play, the name became synonymous with a rake. Calista is said to have suggested to Samuel Richardson the character of Clarissa Harlowe, as Lothario suggested Lovelace. Samuel Johnson noted of The Fair Penitent that, "The story is domestic, therefore received by the imagination, assimilated to common life.
According to Johnson, this play was to share the fate of many such plays based on mythological heroes, as, "We have been too early acquainted with the poetical heroes to expect any pleasure from their revival"The Royal Convert was a story about a love triangle between two brothers and Aribert, a Christian woman named Ethelinda, martyred. The Tragedy of Jane Shore, professedly an imitation of Shakespeare's style, was played at Drury Lane with Anne Oldfield in the title role in 1714, it ran for nineteen nights, kept the stage longer than any other of Rowe's works. In the play, which consists chiefly of domestic scenes and private distress, the wife is forgiven because she repents, the husband is honoured because he forgives; the Tragedy of Lady Jane Grey followed in 1715, as this play was not successful, it was his last foray into the medium. Rowe published the first 18th-century edition of William Shakespeare in six volumes in 1709 and is considered the first editor of Shakespear
James Julian Rogers is an English solicitor and former first-class cricketer. Born at Kendal, Rogers was educated at Sedbergh School, before going up to University College, Oxford to study modern history. While studying at Oxford he played first-class cricket for Oxford University, making his debut against Glamorgan at Oxford in 1979, he played first-class cricket for Oxford from 1979–1981, making a total of 26 appearances at first-class level. Rogers ended his first-class career having scored a total of 693 runs at an average of 16.50, with a highest score of 54. He bowled eight overs with his slow bowling across his career, taking a single wicket and conceding 39 runs. In the same year he made his debut for Oxford, Rogers made a single appearance in minor counties cricket for Cumberland against Durham at Millom in the Minor Counties Championship. After graduating from University College he became a solicitor. James Rogers at ESPNcricinfo
Jonathan Nolan is a British-American screenwriter, television producer and author. He is the creator of the CBS science fiction series Person of Interest and co-creator of the HBO science fiction western series Westworld. Nolan has collaborated on several films with his brother, director Christopher Nolan, who adapted Jonathan's short story "Memento Mori" into the neo-noir thriller film Memento. Together, the siblings co-wrote the mystery thriller film The Prestige, the superhero films The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, the science fiction film Interstellar. Nolan was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Memento, for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series and Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for Westworld, among a number of other awards. Nolan was born the youngest of three boys to Christina Nolan. Raised in both London and Chicago and her boys alternated between the two cities as the boys were growing. Nolan attended Georgetown University, where he majored in English and was a staff writer for The Hoya.
Nolan's short story "Memento Mori" was used by his older brother, director Christopher Nolan, as the basis for the film Memento. Although Jonathan received a "based on a story by" credit, not a screenwriting credit, the brothers shared a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay as the film was released before the story was published. In 2005, Jonathan and Christopher co-wrote the screenplay for The Prestige, based on Christopher Priest's novel of the same title; the brothers collaborated on the screenplay for the 2008 film The Dark Knight. The film went on to become the most financially successful Batman film, which has since been surpassed by its sequel, The Dark Knight Rises. On 10 February 2011, CBS picked up Nolan's pilot Person of Interest; the show was picked up by CBS on 13 May 2011 to air in fall 2011. The series starred Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson. Nolan served as executive producer along with J. J. Abrams. Nolan wrote the screenplay for Interstellar, a science-fiction feature based on the works of theoretical physicist Kip Thorne, who served as the film's executive producer.
Christopher Nolan co-wrote and produced the film, with Paramount distributing domestically, while Warner Bros. distributed internationally. Nolan and Lisa Joy wrote a pilot for an adaptation of Westworld, Michael Crichton's 1973 science fiction Western thriller of the same name. On August 31, 2013, it was announced that HBO had ordered a pilot for a show, with Nolan, Weintraub, J. J. Abrams, Bryan Burk as executive producers, Nolan making his directorial debut; the pilot was subsequently picked up to series, with Nolan and Joy as co-showrunners, premiered on October 2, 2016. In November 2016, HBO renewed the show for a 10-episode second season, that started in April 2018. On May 1, 2018, following the first two episodes of Season 2, the series was renewed for a third season. Nolan and Lisa Joy signed a 150 million deal to create The Peripheral for Amazon. Nolan found that having an English accent was unpopular after moving to Chicago, so he learned to "sound like a good Chicago kid."When contemplating the artistic differences between himself and his brother, Nolan remarked: "I've always suspected that it has something to do with the fact that he's left-handed and I'm right-handed, because he is somehow able to look at my ideas and flip them around in a way that's just a bit more twisted and interesting.
It's great to be able to work with him that way."Nolan is married to Burn Notice writer and Westworld co-creator and executive producer Lisa Joy. They have a son together. Short fiction"Memento Mori" – short story basis for Memento Jonathan Nolan on IMDb