Thomas Heywood: Playwright and Miscellanist

Thomas Heywood: Playwright and Miscellanist

Thomas Heywood: Playwright and Miscellanist

Thomas Heywood: Playwright and Miscellanist

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In this book I have tried to reconstruct the life of Thomas Heywood more fully than has been done before, and to correct many old errors about him or about his work. I have necessarily devoted more space to biographical, historical, or literary-historical topics; but I have not ignored the critical aspects of the subject, and may refer those whose interest in Heywood is mainly critical to Chapter IX on Heywood the Dramatist, to the discussions in earlier chapters of the longer non-dramatic works, and to the appendices. My annotated Bibliography of Thomas Heywood (Oxford Bibliographical Society's Proceedings and Papers, vol. i, pt. ii), and another, without notes but containing a list of selected material on Heywood, for the forthcoming Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature, may be regarded as supplements to the present work. Among the points on which I have been able to throw light are the following: Heywood's parentage and Lincolnshire home, his Cheshire ancestry and his family arms, his relatives, marriage(s), and descendants; his education at Emmanuel College, Cambridge; his friends and patrons (including Robert Carre, Earl of Somerset), and his enemies; his relations with Shakespeare, Jonson, Webster, Dekker, James and Henry Shirley, William Rowley, Richard Brome, and William Prynne; the dating of his plays and other works; wrong identifications of plays with entries in Henslowe and, in Appendices VI and VII, many misattributions, dramatic and non-dramatic; the circumstances which made Heywood an apologist for the theatre and thrust on him the championship of women in Γυναικει+̑ον and elsewhere; his lost works and unfulfilled projects, especially The Lives of all the Poets; his excursions into witch-lore, pageantry, and miscellaneous journalism, and his editing, particularly works by Sir Richard Barckley, Marlowe, William Rowley, and Henry Shirley; his connexion with the Navy; contemporary and . . .

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