The Second Shepherds' Play, Everyman, and Other Early Plays

The Second Shepherds' Play, Everyman, and Other Early Plays

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The Second Shepherds' Play, Everyman, and Other Early Plays

The Second Shepherds' Play, Everyman, and Other Early Plays

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In the introduction to his recent volumes upon the Elizabethan Drama, Mr. Schelling outlines the field he covers as follows: --

"We could find no better date than 1600 as a point of departure from which to map out the physical dimensions, so to speak, of our subject. If we mark thirty-seven years backward, we have the date of the birth of Shakespeare, 1564; thirty-seven years forward, and we have the date of the death of Ben Jonson, 1637, Shakespeare's greatest contemporary in his own field. If we add five years, backward and forward, to these two lapses of thirty-seven years, we have the period from the accession of Queen Elizabeth, 1558, to the outbreak of the Civil War in 1642. Indeed, this symmetry of dates -- for the statement of which we are indebted to that indefatigable if vexatious scholar, F. G. Fleay, -- extends into other points. The career of Shakespeare stretched, roughly speaking, from 1589 to 1611, eleven years on either side of 'the meeting- point of the centuries'; and again, the first Elizabethan structure built expressly for dramatic presentations, and called the Theatre par excellence, was erected in 1576, twenty-four years before our point of departure; while the last theatre to be rebuilt, before the advancing tide of Puritanism swept all such landmarks as . . .

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