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William Empson: Essays on Renaissance Literature

Volume 2. The Drama

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  • Date Published: March 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521033800

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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 In addition, there are several hitherto unpublished essays, including a magnificent, provocative new reading of A Midsummer Night's Dream.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.

    • Major collection of essays – some previously unpublished – by one of the century's most distinguished literary critics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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    Product details

    • 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)
    4. Volpone
    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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    William Empson


    John Haffenden

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