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Complete Works of James Shirley Series

The Complete Works of James Shirley: Volume 7

The Constant Maid, The Doubtful Heir, The Gentlemen of Venice, and The Politician

James Shirley

The Complete Works of James Shirley: Volume 7

Complete Works of James Shirley Series

The Complete Works of James Shirley: Volume 7

The Constant Maid, The Doubtful Heir, The Gentlemen of Venice, and The Politician

Complete Works of James Shirley Series: The Complete Works of James Shirley: Volume 7

 

This critical edition is the first to present the complete works of James Shirley, one of the most significant dramatic writers of the late English Renaissance. Volume 7 contains four plays written between c.


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Beschrijving Complete Works of James Shirley Series: The Complete Works of James Shirley: Volume 7

The Complete Works of James Shirley contains a corpus of around 50 works, including plays, poems, grammars and prose. Shirley (1596-1666) is arguably the most significant dramatic writer of the late English Renaissance, but the last scholarly collections of his plays appeared in the nineteenth century and this Oxford edition is the first to provide a complete works. Shirley was a quintessentially Caroline writer whose work echoes and builds upon the art of
his Elizabethan and Jacobean predecessors. Caroline drama would be unthinkable without Shirley, who enjoyed a great reputation as a playwright both at court and in the theatres. This comprehensive scholarly edition provides well-annotated modernized texts of the full range of Shirley's remarkable output, not
just of his favourite plays. Each work is introduced by an essay examining dating and background, sources, context and performance, and by one which discusses the textual situation and production of the early editions. An extensive footnoted commentary is provided for all texts, to help the modern reader with difficult passages, explain historical usage and customs and to clarify meaning in context. Volume 7 contains four plays written between c. 1636 and 1639, The Constant Maid, The
Doubtful Heir, The Gentleman of Venice and The Politician. The plays were probably staged in Ireland during Shirley's time as resident dramatist for the Werburgh Street Theatre in Dublin from 1636 to 1640, though they were not printed until his return to London in 1640 for The Constant Maid and in the 1650s
for the others. Shirley's full generic range can been seen in this volume: The Constant Maid is a London-based comedy, The Doubtful Heir and The Gentleman of Venice are tragi-comedies set in Europe and The Politician draws on Hamlet for both its Scandinavian setting and its tragic genre.


ISBN
9780198868927
Pagina's
560
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Serie
Complete Works of James Shirley Series
NUR
320
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1
Uitvoering
Hardback
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Engels
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OUP Oxford

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