Melanthe: A Latin Pastoral Play of the Early Seventeenth Century

Melanthe: A Latin Pastoral Play of the Early Seventeenth Century

Melanthe: A Latin Pastoral Play of the Early Seventeenth Century

Melanthe: A Latin Pastoral Play of the Early Seventeenth Century

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It is my purpose here to make available for general readers one more of the University plays of England's Renaissance. That remote drama that lived only on the academic stage has been shown by Dr. F. S. Boas and Professor Moore Smith to have its own importance in the inclusive attempt of modern scholarship to recreate and re-interpret the many-sided age of Shakespeare. Not without significance, too, may prove the career of a playwright whose dubious fortune it was to enjoy the educational advantages that Shakespeare lacked, and who was permitted to walk, some ten years after the Stratford dramatist, through very different paths from those taken by his greater contemporary. Extended synopses of the earlier plays of this author have been included here on the ground of their general inaccessibility, for it is only, I believe, through a multiplying of such synopses and summaries -- through continuing the excellent work of Messrs. Churchill and Keller and Miss Louise Morgan in the Shakespeare-Jahrbuch of 1898 and 1911 -- that further progress will come in the study of this littleknown drama.

The present edition of Melanthe was undertaken at the suggestion of Professor Charles Frederick Tucker Brooke, of Yale University, and was made possible by his kindness in lending me a copy of the play, and in assisting me throughout my work by suggeston and advice. To him, above all, my thanks are due. I wish also to express thanks to Professor Albert Stanburrough Cook, the general editor of this series, for the invaluable assistance that he has given me on repeated occasions; to Mrs. Gladys Rose Bikld, of Syracuse University, Professor Edward Kennard Rand, of Harvard University, and Professors John Milton Berdan and George Lincoln Hendrickson, of Yale University, for their aid in linguistic problems; to Professor Herbert John Clifford Grierson . . .

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