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Ralph Roister Doister Hardcover – January 1, 1979

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Earliest known English comedy, a play in five acts written by Nicholas Udall, produced about 1553 and published in approximately 1566. This farcical tale of a cowardly braggart (or "miles gloriosus") who is egged on by his mischievous friend to pay suit to an engaged widow was the first example of the Roman five-act structure on an English stage. Udall was influenced by the comedies of the Romans Plautus and Terence; one of the subplots, in fact, was adapted from Terence's Eunuchus. Written in short, rhymed doggerel, peppered with songs and double entendres, this original blend of classical structure with contemporary English vernacular caused a stir when it was first performed. Subsequent English dramatists were invariably influenced by the play; William Shakespeare used many of Udall's techniques (and borrowed some of his characters) in his own comedies. Ralph Roister Doister marks the transition from medieval morality plays into secular drama. -- The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature

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  • Publisher : Octagon Books (January 1, 1979)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 175 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0374980357
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0374980351
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