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Specimens of English Dramatic Poets
Who Lived about the Time of Shakespeare

Volume 1


  • Date Published: October 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108062893

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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. Volume 1 focuses on the plays produced at the height of the Elizabethan theatre's popularity. Including extracts from Kyd, Marlowe and Jonson, among others, it remains a rich resource for literature students.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108062893
    • length: 384 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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.

  • Editor

    Charles Lamb

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