George Farquhar (1677 – 29 April 1707) was an Irish dramatist. He is noted for his contributions to late Restoration comedy, particularly for his plays The Recruiting Officer (1706) and The Beaux' Stratagem (1707).
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“I have fed purely upon ale; I have eat my ale, drank my ale, and I always sleep upon ale.”
—George Farquhar (16781707)