Arden of Feversham

Arden of Feversham

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Arden of Feversham

Arden of Feversham

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Early Editions . On 3rd April, 1592, 'The Tragedy of Arden of Feversham and Blackwall' was entered on the Stationers' Registers to Edward White. In the same year appeared, 'The lamentable and true Tragedie of M. Arden of Feversham in Kent. Who was most wickedlye murdered, by the meanes of his disloyall and wanton wyfe, who for the love she bare to one Mosbie, hyred two desperat ruffins, Blackwill and Shakbag, to kill him. Wherin is shewed the great mallice and discimulation of a wicked woman, the unsatiable desire of filthhie lust and the shamefull end of all murderers. Imprinted at London for Edward White, dwelling at the lyttle North dore of Paules Church at the signe of the Gun. 1592.' A second Quarto, with the same title, was printed in 1599. A third, 'by Eliz. Allde dwelling neere Christs Church,' appeared in 1633. The second and third Quartos are founded textually upon the first, and their variations are of no value. The text of the first Quarto is unusually good even when prose and verse are mixed together, although the printer has apparently no scientific knowledge of the nature of metre.

Place of the Play in the Elizabethan Dram . Arden of Faversham is the finest extant specimen of a kind of play which . . .

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