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This collection of William Empson's essays on drama is the second volume of his writings on Renaissance literature. Edited by leading Empson scholar John Haffenden, the contents range from essays on The Spanish Tragedy, Volpone and The Duchess of Malfi to a sprightly piece on Elizabethan spirits. In addition, there are several hitherto unpublished essays, including a magnificent, provocative new reading of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Throughout the volume Empson fights his own critical corner with unequaled zest, intelligence and insight.Read more
- Major collection of essays – some previously unpublished – by one of the century's most distinguished literary critics
- Follows the very successful first volume of Empson's writings on Renaissance literature
- Major readings of Renaissance dramatists, including Shakespeare
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- Date Published: March 2007
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521033800
- length: 304 pages
- dimensions: 228 x 149 x 16 mm
- weight: 0.456kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Sources and acknowledgements
Part I. Kyd, Jonson, Webster:
1. The Spanish Tragedy (I)
2. The Spanish Tragedy: a letter
3. The Spanish Tragedy (II)
5. Volpone again
6. The Alchemist
7. 'Mine eyes dazzle'
8. The Duchess of Malfi
Part II. Shakespeare and the Spirits:
9. Elizabethan spirits
10. The spirits of the Dream
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