Churchill, Charles chûr´chĭl [key]
, 1731–64, English poet and satirist. Upon his family's insistence he took religious orders in 1756, but life as a London dandy suited him more, and he resigned his curacy. His first poem and perhaps his best work, The Rosciad
(1761), a satire on the leading actresses and actors of the day, was an immediate success. His other works include The Prophecy of Famine
(1763), a highly topical political satire, and An Epistle to William Hogarth
(1763), attacking Hogarth
for his heartless portrait of John Wilkes
See his works (ed. by D. Grant, 1956); study by W. C. Brown (1953).
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