Philip Massinger, an English dramatist, born in Salisbury in 1584, died in London, March 17, 1640. His father was a retainer of the earl of Pembroke. In 1602 Philip was entered at St. Alban's hall, Oxford. According to An-thony a Wood, he occupied himself with poetry and romances instead of logic and philosophy, left the university without receiving a degree, and went to London in 1606. Little is known of his life till the publication of his earliest drama, "The Virgin Martyr," in 1622. His name occurs in Henslowe's diary in 1614, in connection with two actors and dramatic authors, and from 1613 he was engaged as joint author with Fletcher, Field, and others. 'Most of his 18 extant plays were produced in the 10 years following 1622; "The Bashful Lover," the latest of them, was written in 1636. His health seems to have suffered from his laborious career, and his obscurity and lonely death appear from the register of his interment: " March 20, 1689-40, buried Philip Massinger, a stranger." Five of his extant plays are tragedies; the remainder may bo termed tragi-comedies. His most striking excellences are in the conception of character, in dignity of sentiment, and in grace and melody of style. "The Duke of Milan "is one of the best "of his tragedies; "The Picture," "A Very Woman," "A City Madam," and "A Now Way to Pay Old Debts," are among his best tragi-comedies. The last alone retains a place on the stage, for which it is indebted to its effective delineation of the character of Sir Giles Overreach. The best edition of his works is that by W. Gifford (4 vols., London, 1805; new eds., 1813 and 1850). His plays, with those of Ford, and with an introduction bv Hartley Coleridge, were published in 1848.