The Plays of Beaumont and Fletcher: An Attempt to Determine Their Respective Shares and the Shares of Others

The Plays of Beaumont and Fletcher: An Attempt to Determine Their Respective Shares and the Shares of Others

The Plays of Beaumont and Fletcher: An Attempt to Determine Their Respective Shares and the Shares of Others

The Plays of Beaumont and Fletcher: An Attempt to Determine Their Respective Shares and the Shares of Others

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The author's first examination of the entire body of "Beaumont and Fletcher" plays was made in or around the years 1889-90. Though in the intervening years he re-examined man of the plays, he did not make a complete study of them again till in or ahout 1914-15. Since then he has studied yet a third time every play of the authorship of which a new view has been put forward. In the majority of cases he has seen in this third examination no reason to depart from the view he had previously formed, save as regards the following: The Fair Maid, The Honest Man's Fortune, The Laws of Candy, in every one of which the views of later critics have induced him to change his opinion; and The Bloody Brother, Cupid's Revenge, Love's Cure, Love's Pilgrimage, and Wit at several Weapons, in which, without any extraneous aid, he has seen fit to vary his assignment. With there exceptions, then, the opinions expressed are such as they would have been had the work been given to the world in 1915-16-- so far, that is to say, as concerns the fifty-five plays listed as Fletcher in the original articles.

The author wishes to express his indebtedness to Professor R. A. Law and to various good friends at . . .

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