Beyond The Spanish Tragedy: A Study of the Works of Thomas Kyd

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Manchester University Press, 2001 - Drama - 252 pages
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This is the first book in more than thirty years on the playwright who is arguably Shakespeare's most important tragic predecessor. In Lukas Erne's book, "The Spanish "Tragedy- the most popular of all plays on the English Renaissance stage - receives the extensive scholarly and critical treatment it deserves, including a full reception and modern stage history. Yet as Erne shows, Thomas Kyd is much more than the author of a single masterpiece. Don Horatio (partly extant in The First Part of Hieronimo), the lost early Hamlet, Soliman and Perseda, and Cornelia all belong to what emerges in this study for the first time as a coherent dramatic oeuvre.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Don Horatio and The First Part of Hieronimo
14
The Spanish Tragedy
47
origins
79
framing revenge
95
additions adaptations modern
119
Hamlet
146
an introduction
157
the play and its making
168
Cornelia
203
Other works and apocrypha
217
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Lukas Erne is Professor of English at the University of Geneva. He holds degrees from the Universities of Lausanne, Oxford and Geneva. He has taught at the University of Neuchatel and, as Visiting Professor, at Yale University. He has been the Fowler Hamilton Research Fellow at Christ Church, University of Oxford and the recipient of research fellowships at the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Huntington Library. He is the author of Shakespeare's Modern Collaborators (2008), Beyond 'The Spanish Tragedy': A Study of the Works of Thomas Kyd (2001) and Shakespeare as Literary Dramatist (2003), which was named 'book of the year' in The Times Literary Supplement. He is the editor, with Guillemette Bolens, of Medieval and Early Modern Authorship (2011), of The First Quarto of Romeo and Juliet (2007) and, with M. J. Kidnie, of Textual Performance: The Modern Reproduction of Shakespeare's Drama (2004). He gave the Lyell Lectures, on 'Shakespeare and the Book Trade', at the University of Oxford in spring 2012.

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