George Chapman

George Chapman, 1559?–1634, English dramatist, translator, and poet. He is as famous for his plays as for his poetic translations of Homer's Iliad (1612) and Odyssey (1614–15). Chapman was a classical scholar, and his work shows the influence of the Stoic philosophers, Epictetus and Seneca. In his best-known tragedies, Bussy D'Ambois (1607) and The Conspiracy and Tragedy of Byron (1608), the stoical hero is in classical tragedic style destroyed by some innate flaw. Chapman wrote and collaborated on nearly a dozen comedies, the most notable being All Fools (1605) and Eastward Ho! (1605), the latter written with Ben Jonson and John Marston. Included among his other works are several metaphysical poems, a completed version of Marlowe's Hero and Leander (1598), and translations of Petrarch and Hesiod.

See studies by M. MacLure (1966), C. Spivack (1967), and L. A. Cummings (1985).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

FREE! The Plays and Poems of George Chapman: The Comedies
Thomas Marc Parrott; George Chapman.
George Routledge & Sons, 1914
Librarian’s tip: Includes "All Fools," "Eastward Ho" and more
Elizabethan Comic Character Conventions as Revealed in the Comedies of George Chapman
Paul V. Kreider.
University of Michigan Press, 1935
Stuart Politics in Chapman's Tragedy of Chabot
Norma Dobie Solve.
University of Michigan, 1928
These Were Actors: A Story of the Chapmans and the Drakes
George D. Ford; J. Kirk Merrick.
Library Publishers, 1955
Jacobean Theatre
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Edward Arnold, 1960
Librarian’s tip: Chap. X "Chapman's Tragedies"
FREE! The Jacobean Poets
Edmund Gosse.
C Scribners sons, 1894
Essays on Literature and Society
Edwin Muir.
Hogarth Press, 1949
Librarian’s tip: "Royal Man: Notes on the Tragedies of George Chapman" begins on pg. 20
Essays in Dramatic Literature: The Parrott Presentation Volume
Hardin Craig.
Princeton University Press, 1935
Librarian’s tip: Political Theory In The Plays Of George Chapman" begins on pg. 73
A Literary History of England
Albert C. Baugh.
Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1948
Homeric Renaissance: The Odyssey of George Chapman
Lord George Def.
Yale University Press, 1956
All Fools
George Chapman; Frank Manley.
University of Nebraska Press, 1968
The Widow's Tears
George Chapman; Ethel M. Smeak.
University of Nebraska Press, 1966
FREE! Alphonsus, Emperor of Germany: Reprinted in Facsimile from the Edition of 1654
Herbert F. Schwarz; George Chapman.
G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1913
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