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Specimens of English Dramatic Poets

Specimens of English Dramatic Poets
Who Lived about the Time of Shakespeare
2 Volume Set


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Shakespeare and Renaissance Drama

  • Date Published: October 2013
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108062916

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  • Since its first appearance in 1808, this collection of extracts from Elizabethan and Jacobean drama has been highly acclaimed; the twentieth-century critic Edmund Blunden considered it 'the most striking anthology perhaps ever made from English literature'. In compiling the work, the critic and essayist Charles Lamb (1775–1834) aimed to achieve two goals: to illustrate the greatness of Shakespeare's often forgotten contemporaries, and to explore the way in which sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Englishmen experienced emotion. He includes only those scenes which he judges to show the best poetry and the deepest passion, adding only brief notes to let the texts speak for themselves. This reissue is of the expanded two-volume edition of 1835. Including extracts from Kyd, Marlowe, Jonson, Massinger, Fletcher and Shirley, among others, along with scenes from a host of seventeenth-century plays by lesser-known authors, these volumes remain a rich resource for literature students.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2013
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108062916
    • length: 776 pages
    • dimensions: 215 x 140 x 45 mm
    • weight: 1.01kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    Table of reference to the extracts
    Thomas Sackville and Thomas Norton
    Thomas Kyd
    George Peele
    Christopher Marlowe
    Robert Tailor
    Anthony Brewer
    Authors uncertain
    Joseph Cooke
    Thomas Decker
    Thomas Decker and John Webster
    John Marston
    George Chapman
    Thomas Heywood
    Thomas Heywood and Richard Broome
    Thomas Middleton and William Rowley
    William Rowley
    Thomas Middleton
    William Rowley, Thomas Decker, John Ford &c.
    Cyril Tourneur
    John Webster
    John Ford
    Samuel Daniel
    Fulke Greville
    Ben Jonson
    Francis Beaumont. Volume 2: Table of reference to the extracts
    Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher
    John Fletcher
    Philip Massinger
    Philip Massinger and Thomas Decker
    Philip Massinger and Nathaniel Field
    Philip Massinger, Thomas Middleton, and William Rowley
    George Chapman and James Shirley
    James Shirley
    Extracts from the Garrick plays.

  • Editor

    Charles Lamb

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