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Shadwell THOMAS (1640-92), a dramatist of some ability, ridiculed by Dryden as M'Flecknoe in his satire of that name, and as Og in the second part of Absalom and Achitophel. The quarrel was caused by the scurrilous tone of The Medal of John Bayes (written by Shadwell as a counterblast to Absalom and Achitophel and The Medal, which satirised the opponents of the Court party, Shadwell succeeded Dryden as laureate in 1688.