Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher

Beaumont, Francis

Francis Beaumont (bō´mŏnt), 1584?–1616, English dramatist. Born of a distinguished family, he studied at Oxford and the Inner Temple. His literary reputation is linked with that of John Fletcher, with whom he began collaborating about 1606. Their plays are noted for plot symmetry, refined taste, and provocative sexual situations. The plays usually ascribed to him as sole author are The Woman Hater (published 1607), the burlesque Knight of the Burning Pestle (c.1607), Philaster (c.1609), and The Maid's Tragedy (c.1610). After his marriage in 1613 he retired to his estate in Kent and ceased writing for the stage.

See biography by L. Bliss (1987); studies by G. C. Campbell (1972) and M. Baldwin (1974).

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Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher: Selected full-text books and articles

Beaumont and Fletcher: A Critical Study By William W. Appleton Allen & Unwin, 1956
FREE! The Works of Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher By John Fletcher; Francis Beaumont George Bell and Sons & A. H. Bullen, vol.1, 1904
Librarian’s tip: Includes "The Maid's Tragedy," "Philaster," "A King and No King," and more
The Knight of Our Burning Pestle By John Fletcher; Francis Beaumont; F. W. Moorman J. M. Dent and Co., 1942
The Influence of Beaumont and Fletcher on Restoration Drama By John Harold Wilson The Ohio State University Press, 1928
Fletcher, Beaumont & Company By Lawrence B. Wallis King's Crown Press, 1947
The John Fletcher Plays By Clifford Leech Harvard University Press, 1962
Librarian’s tip: This is a book of literary criticism
Joint Enterprises: Collaborative Drama and the Institutionalization of the English Renaissance Theater By Heather Anne Hirschfeld University of Massachusetts Press, 2004
Librarian’s tip: Chap. Three "Beaumont, Fletcher, and Shakespeare: Collaborative Drama, the Masque, and the Politics of Identification"
The Image of Manhood in Early Modern Literature: Viewing the Male By Andrew P. Williams Greenwood Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: "'A Place Priveleged to Do Men Wrong': The Anxious Masculinity of The Maid's Tragedy" begins on p. 55
Monarchy and Incest in Renaissance England: Literature, Culture, Kinship, and Kingship By Bruce Thomas Boehrer University of Pennsylvania Press, 1992
Librarian’s tip: "A Queen and No Queen: Female Inheritance in Beaumont and Fletcher" begins on p. 99
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