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Drama of The English Renaissance 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0075535690
ISBN-10: 0075535696
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 786 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages; 1 edition (May 1, 1969)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0075535696
  • ISBN-13: 978-0075535690
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 1.9 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,985,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Gary F. Taylor HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 16, 2003
Format: Paperback
When we think of drama of the English Renaissance, we are most likely to think of Shakespeare--but as editor M.L. Wine notes in his preface to this collection, "Drama is the characteristic mode of expression of the English Renaisaance," and while Shakespeare is the most famous dramatist of that period he was hardly the only one. This text offers nine of that era's most famous plays by some of its most famous authors, many of whom rivaled Shakespeare in artistry if not volume or artistic consistency.
The volume includes 'The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus' by Christopher Marlowe (c. 1592); 'The Shoemakers' Holiday: A Pleasant Comedy of the Gentle Craft' by Thomas Dekker (1599); 'Volpone; or the Fox' by Ben Johnson (1606); 'The Knight of the Burning Pestle' by Francis Beaumont (possibly co-writing with John Fletcher, 1605); 'The Masque of Blackness' by Ben Johnson (1605); 'Philaster; or, Love Lies a-Bleeding' by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher (c. 1608); 'The Duchess of Malfi' by John Webster (c. 1613); 'The Changeling' by Thomas Middleton and William Rowley (1622); and 'The Broken Heart' by John Ford (c.1627.) Each text is accompanied by an astute critical essay, a brief description of the author(s) life, and a description of the various sources from which the text has been drawn.
Aside from Wine's concise yet truly informative comments, the great thing about this volume is that it gives a very broad overview of the lightening-charged brilliance of the English drama as it developed during this period. Readers interested in English drama will almost certainly recognize 'Dr. Faustus,' 'Volpone,' and 'The Duchess of Malfi'--but the lesser-known works are no less worthy of reading, with 'The Shoemakers' Holiday' a particular personal favorite.
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