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Courier Dover Publications, Oct 24, 1995 - Drama - 88 pages
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Western drama, having all but disappeared during the Dark Ages, reemerged spontaneously in the liturgy and life of the medieval church. Vernacular miracle plays of England's Middle Ages were performed by lay people many by trade guilds unschooled in church Latin, but familiar with the biblical events upon which the dramas were based. Morality plays provided moral instruction, their principal characters vivid personifications of virtue and vice. The most durable of the morality plays has proven to be Everyman, whose central character, summoned by Death, must face final judgment on the strength of his good deeds. This venerable drama is reprinted here along with three other medieval classics: The Second Shepherds' Play, Noah's Flood, and Hickscorner.

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Review: Everyman and Other Miracle and Morality Plays (Dover Thrift Editions)

User Review  - Wendy - Goodreads

Telling allegory on the state of man. Everyman is called to give account to God and finds himself woefully unprepared to meet God and answer for his life. In pleading for more time and a companion to ... Read full review

Review: Everyman and Other Miracle and Morality Plays (Dover Thrift Editions)

User Review  - Bill Fessler - Goodreads

Decided to stop reading the book - did not find it enjoyable. The old-English writing made my head hurt, and I often did not understand what was being said. Reminded me of why I relied on Cliff Notes ... Read full review

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Noahs Food
The Second Shepherds Play

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James Jennings is Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Director of the Trotter Institute, he is the author of numerous books, including "The Politics of Black Empowerment, Understanding the Nature of Poverty in Urban America, Race and Politics", and "Blacks, Latinos, and Asians: Status and Prospects for Activism".

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