Lewis Machin

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Lewis Machin (fl. 1607-09) was an English poet and playwright in the early 17th century. He may have worked with Gervase Markham on the play The Dumb Knight around 1601,[1] although it is now argued that instead Machin revised Markham's original around 1608-09.[2]

In 1607 "certaine Eglogs" by "L.M" were appended to actor-playwright William Barksted's poem Mirrha the Mother of Adonis, and Machin contributed a commendatory verse as well.[3] Around the same time Machin worked with Barksted to revise and complete John Marston's The Insatiate Countess for the short-lived Children of the King's Revels at the Whitefriars Theatre.[4] It has also been suggested that Machin is the author of another of that company's plays, Every Woman In Her Humour (1609).[5][6]


  1. ^  Lee, Sidney, ed. (1893). "Machin, Henry". Dictionary of National Biography. 35. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 
  2. ^ The Insatiate Countess, by John Marston & others, ed. Giorgio Melchiori (Manchester, 1984), , Introduction, pp. 1-17.
  3. ^ Seven Minor Epics 1596-1624, ed. Paul W. Miller (Gainesville, 1967) p. 103 ff.
  4. ^ Melchiori, ibid.
  5. ^ Melchiori, ibid.
  6. ^ Adams, Joseph Quincy. “Every Woman in Her Humor and The Dumb Knight.” Modern Philology 10.1 (1912): 413-432. University of Chicago Press