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"Frank Kermode is undoubtedly the greatest literary scholar of his generation."

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The lyrical, bloodthirsty tragedies and witty urban comedies in this original collection were first performed during the reign of King James I (1603--25). Though nearly four centuries old, they display surprisingly modern sensibilities regarding sex, violence, morality, and honor. Brilliantly introduced and annotated by Frank Kermode, these seven Jacobean masterpieces are the finest and most representative plays of a time when drama was the most vital and important mirror of English society.
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Product Details

  • Series: Modern Library Paperbacks
  • Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Modern Library; annotated edition edition (May 10, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679642439
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679642435
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #524,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I ordered this text for a class because it was inexpensive and had a number of plays I wanted to teach. But it is really not an adequate text in any way. For one thing, there are almost no notes--these are densely-written plays and most readers will be MUCH happier with an edition that is more heavily annotated. For another, it is a poorly made book (fell apart on me after a week or so). And it is sloppy: some of the speeches are assigned to the wrong characters. In the Revengers Tragedy, the speech prefixes Sup and Spu get switched in ways that go beyond similar problems in the original text.

Do not order this book.
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It's pretty clear from the outside that this edition was rushed through production with almost no oversight: The cover says "Eight Masterpieces..." while the title page and Contents say "Seven...".
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I am studying the plays in this book with U3A. We have not yet started on The Duchess of Malfi.
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By SS on February 10, 2010
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I would have liked to have the tracking info but since I ordered the book ahead of time, I was not in a hurry to receive it. Great quality, great price, and an easy transaction! Thank you!
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