Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher

Beaumont, Francis

Francis Beaumont (bō´mŏnt), 1584?–1616, English dramatist. Born of a distinguished family, he studied at Oxford and the Inner Temple. His literary reputation is linked with that of John Fletcher, with whom he began collaborating about 1606. Their plays are noted for plot symmetry, refined taste, and provocative sexual situations. The plays usually ascribed to him as sole author are The Woman Hater (published 1607), the burlesque Knight of the Burning Pestle (c.1607), Philaster (c.1609), and The Maid's Tragedy (c.1610). After his marriage in 1613 he retired to his estate in Kent and ceased writing for the stage.

See biography by L. Bliss (1987); studies by G. C. Campbell (1972) and M. Baldwin (1974).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Beaumont and Fletcher: A Critical Study
William W. Appleton.
Allen & Unwin, 1956
FREE! The Works of Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher
Francis Beaumont; John Fletcher.
George Bell and Sons & A. H. Bullen, vol.1, 1904
The Knight of Our Burning Pestle
Francis Beaumont; John Fletcher; F. W. Moorman.
J. M. Dent and Co., 1942
The Influence of Beaumont and Fletcher on Restoration Drama
John Harold Wilson.
The Ohio State University Press, 1928
The Plays of Beaumont and Fletcher: An Attempt to Determine Their Respective Shares and the Shares of Others
E. H. C. Oliphant.
Yale University Press, 1927
Fletcher, Beaumont & Company
Lawrence B. Wallis.
King's Crown Press, 1947
The John Fletcher Plays
Clifford Leech.
Harvard University Press, 1962
Librarian’s tip: This is a book of literary criticism
How Music Matters: Some Songs of Robert Johnson in the Plays of Beaumont and Fletcher
Henze, Catherine A.
Comparative Drama, Vol. 34, No. 1, Spring 2000
Joint Enterprises: Collaborative Drama and the Institutionalization of the English Renaissance Theater
Heather Anne Hirschfeld.
University of Massachusetts Press, 2004
Librarian’s tip: Chap. Three "Beaumont, Fletcher, and Shakespeare: Collaborative Drama, the Masque, and the Politics of Identification"
The Image of Manhood in Early Modern Literature: Viewing the Male
Andrew P. Williams.
Greenwood Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: "'A Place Priveleged to Do Men Wrong': The Anxious Masculinity of The Maid's Tragedy" begins on p. 55
Monarchy and Incest in Renaissance England: Literature, Culture, Kinship, and Kingship
Bruce Thomas Boehrer.
University of Pennsylvania Press, 1992
Librarian’s tip: "A Queen and No Queen: Female Inheritance in Beaumont and Fletcher" begins on p. 99
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