George Chapman

George Chapman, 1559?–1634, English dramatist, translator, and poet. He is as famous for his plays as for his poetic translations of Homer's Iliad (1612) and Odyssey (1614–15). Chapman was a classical scholar, and his work shows the influence of the Stoic philosophers, Epictetus and Seneca. In his best-known tragedies, Bussy D'Ambois (1607) and The Conspiracy and Tragedy of Byron (1608), the stoical hero is in classical tragedic style destroyed by some innate flaw. Chapman wrote and collaborated on nearly a dozen comedies, the most notable being All Fools (1605) and Eastward Ho! (1605), the latter written with Ben Jonson and John Marston. Included among his other works are several metaphysical poems, a completed version of Marlowe's Hero and Leander (1598), and translations of Petrarch and Hesiod.

See studies by M. MacLure (1966), C. Spivack (1967), and L. A. Cummings (1985).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

George Chapman: Selected full-text books and articles

FREE! The Plays and Poems of George Chapman: The Comedies By George Chapman; Thomas Marc Parrott George Routledge & Sons, 1914
Librarian’s tip: Includes "All Fools," "Eastward Ho" and more
Stuart Politics in Chapman's Tragedy of Chabot By Norma Dobie Solve University of Michigan, 1928
These Were Actors: A Story of the Chapmans and the Drakes By George D. Ford; J. Kirk Merrick Library Publishers, 1955
Jacobean Theatre By Edward Arnold, 1960
Librarian’s tip: Chap. X "Chapman's Tragedies"
FREE! The Jacobean Poets By Edmund Gosse C Scribners sons, 1894
Essays on Literature and Society By Edwin Muir Hogarth Press, 1949
Librarian’s tip: "Royal Man: Notes on the Tragedies of George Chapman" begins on pg. 20
Essays in Dramatic Literature: The Parrott Presentation Volume By Hardin Craig Princeton University Press, 1935
Librarian’s tip: Political Theory In The Plays Of George Chapman" begins on pg. 73
A Literary History of England By Albert C. Baugh Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1948
Homeric Renaissance: The Odyssey of George Chapman By Lord George Def Yale University Press, 1956
All Fools By George Chapman; Frank Manley University of Nebraska Press, 1968
The Widow's Tears By George Chapman; Ethel M. Smeak University of Nebraska Press, 1966
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