A Book of Masques: In Honour of Allardyce Nicoll

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Gerald Eades Bentley
CUP Archive, Apr 2, 1967 - Literary Collections - 464 pages
The English court masque was one of the most extravagant and spectacular forms of entertainment ever produced, the most important period being between 1600 and 1640 when the writers included some of the best-known poets and dramatists of the age. This volume, first published in 1967, was the first selection of masques to be published in England in the twentieth century. It consists of fourteen masques, each specially edited with an introduction and commentary by a different scholar, including Ben Jonson, James Shirley, Samuel Daniel, Thomas Campion, Francis Beaumont, William Browne, Thomas Middleton, Thomas Nabbes and William Davenant. Professor Gerald Eades Bentley examines the masque as Jonson conceived it and the clash that took place between Jonson and his collaborator as designer, Inigo Jones. There is also a final essay on the influence of the masque on the drama of the period. A group of 48 plates has been prepared many of them reproducing designs by Inigo Jones.
 

Contents

General Introduction by Gerald Eades Bentley
SAMUEL DANIEL The Vision of the Twelve Goddesses 17
17
BEN JONSON Oberon the Fairy Prince 1611 43
43
BEN JONSON Love Freed from Ignorance and Folly 1611
71
FRANCIS BEAUMONT The Masque of the Inner Temple
125
WILLIAM BROWNE The Masque of the Inner Temple
179
THOMAS MIDDLETON The Inner Temple Masque or
251
JAMES SHIRLEY The Triumph of Peace 1634
275
INIGO JONES AND WILLIAM DAVENANT Salmacida
337
JAMES SHIRLEY Cupid and Death 1653
371
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