The Complete Works of Thomas Otway - Vol. 1

The Complete Works of Thomas Otway - Vol. 1

The Complete Works of Thomas Otway - Vol. 1

The Complete Works of Thomas Otway - Vol. 1

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When, during the course of the nineteenth century, Venice Preserv'd gradually fell out of the repertory of the theatres, Otway was pretty generally forgotten until Sir Edmund Gosse in his delightful essay Thomas Otway, which first appeared in the Cornhill Magazine, December, 1877 (reprinted Seventeenth Century Studies, 1883; and in the second issue of this work), called attention anew to our great tragic poet.

Now and again a few cheap and, from a scholar's point of view, worthless reprints of Venice Preserv'd were published. But in no case that I know has there been any attempt at editing, worthy the name. Some obvious notes, some wild guesses, peppered here and there, do not make for a satisfactory result.

It may not unfairly be claimed that this is the first time the plays and poems of Otway have been edited, collated, and annotated. To my friend Mr. G. Thorn-Drury, K.C., I owe most grateful thanks for the generous and ungrudging help he has given me throughout my work upon a most difficult and topical author. The three comedies teem with allusions to contemporary men and manners; the tragedies often satirize most intimately the intricacies of the so-called Popish Plot, which is in some ways perhaps the most puzzling page of England's history. Especially did Mr. Thorn-Drury lighten my labours by entrusting to my care his fine copies of the Otway first quartos, together with many another valuable piece from his library. If the result of my work in any way corresponds to the encouragement he has given me and the unfailing interest he has shown, I have indeed reason to be completely satisfied and content.

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