The Backgrounds of Shakespeare's Plays

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revenge plays; Ben Jonson ( 1572-1637), the founder of the comedy of humors; Thomas Dekker (c. 1572-c. 1632), pamphleteer and dramatist of London life; and Thomas Heywood (c. 1570-1641), whose output was various-London comedy, classical legend, chronicle play, romance, domestic tragedy. Later playwrights were Thomas Middleton (c. 1570-1627), John Marston (c. 1575-1634), John Webster (?-1634?), Francis Beaumont (1584- 1616), John Fletcher ( 1579-1625), and Philip Massinger ( 1583-1640). Most of these dramatists worked, not singly, but in collaboration, and only a fraction of their plays has survived.Thus, by Shakespeare's time, the traditions of a vigorous popular drama were firmly established. Its range was that of Elizabethan life itself, from the glitter of the court to the life of rural England and the bustle and merriment of London. Shakespeare accepted it and tried his hand at nearly everything that was known to the contemporary stage. Before him lay the example of classical experiment, the allegorical court drama of Lyly, the realism and the humor of Greene, the fire and passion of Marlowe, the chronicle histories, the romantic world of Italian story-in short, an infinite variety of dramatic art that is unparalleled anywhere. He led the way to no new dramatic form that was untried before, and he experimented with no new subject matter. Instead, he perfected what he found, expanded it into a universal picture of human life, and, through his imagination, his poetic gifts, and his broad outlook, explored the nobility and the failings of which men and women are capable.SUGGESTED REFERENCES
BASKERVILL CHARLES READ. The Elizabethan Jig and Related Song Drama. University of Chicago Press, 1929.
BASKERVILL CHARLES READ, HELTZEL VIRGIL B., and NETHERCOT ARTHUR H. (eds.). Elizabethan and Stuart Plays. New York, Holt, 1934.
A good collection of forty-two plays from Udall to Shirley. BOAS FREDERICK S. Shakspere and His Predecessors. New York, Scribner, 1896. Shakespeare's debt to the work of the earlier Elizabethans.
--. University Drama in the Tudor Age. Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1914.
--. An Introduction to Tudor Drama. Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1933. A brief account of the dramatic conditions which had their flowering in Shakespeare's plays.
BOND R. WARWICK (ed.). Early Plays from the Italian: Supposes, The Bugbears, Misogonus. Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1911.
CHAMBERS E. K. The Medieval Stage ( 2 vols.). Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1903.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Preface iii
  • Contents v
  • List of Illustrations vii
  • 1 - Shakespeare's Life in Fact and Tradition 1
  • Suggested References 32
  • 2 - Shakespeare's England 33
  • Suggested References 61
  • 3 - The Drama Before Shakespeare 63
  • Suggested References 89
  • 4 - Elizabethan Theatrical Companies 92
  • Suggested References 114
  • 5 - The Elizabethan Public Playhouse 115
  • Suggested References 144
  • 6 - The Influence of Theatrical Conditions on Shakespeare 146
  • Suggested References 166
  • 7 - Shakespeare's Audience 167
  • Suggested References 185
  • 8 - Shakespeare's English 186
  • Suggested References 219
  • 9 - The Sources of Shakespeare's Play 220
  • Suggested References 245
  • 10 - Some General Aspects Of Shakespeare's Dramatic Art 247
  • Suggested References 265
  • 11 - Shakespearean Comedy 268
  • Suggested References 291
  • 12 - Shakespeare's History Plays 293
  • Suggested References 320
  • 13 - Shakespearean Tragedy 322
  • Suggested References 341
  • 14 - Shakespeare in Print 343
  • Suggested References 371
  • 15 - Shakespeare's Reputation 374
  • Suggested References 404
  • 16 - Shakespeare on the Stage 407
  • Suggested References 437
  • 17 - Shakespearean Scenes and Characters 439
  • Index 471
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