The Plays and Poems of George Chapman: The Comedies

The Plays and Poems of George Chapman: The Comedies

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The Plays and Poems of George Chapman: The Comedies

The Plays and Poems of George Chapman: The Comedies

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The present is the second volume of the new edition of the plays and poems of George Chapman, of which the first, the Tragedies, appeared in 1910. It includes The Blind Beggar of Alexandria, An Humourous Day's Mirth, All Fools, May-Day, The Gentleman Usher, Monsieur D'Olive, The Widow's Tears, The Masque of the Middle Temple and Lincoln's Inn, Eastward Ho, The Ball and Sir Giles Goosecap. Of these the last three are not included in the Comedies and Tragedies of George Chapman, 1873, and the last has never before been printed under his name. I believe, however, that I have made the probability of Chapman's authorship of this anonymous play so strong that there is the best of reasons for including it in an edition of his comedies, the more so as there has never yet appeared a carefully edited and annotated text of this play. On the other hand it is with some reluctance that I include The Ball. It is my strong belief that Chapman had neither act nor part in this comedy. I felt, however, that it would be unwise to exclude from a complete edition of Chapman's comedies a play which bore his name upon the title-page of the first edition, and have therefore retained it, and, indeed, devoted both time and trouble to securing a better text than has yet been printed. In the case of Eastward Ho, where Chapman is known to have collaborated with Jonson and Marston, I believe that I have to offer, if not an absolutely exact definition of the respective contributions of the authors, at least a closer approximation to it than has yet been attained and in particular a determination of Chapman's share in the work which seems to me as certain as things of this sort can be.

There is no need for me to re-state here the principles upon . . .

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