Beggars' Bush

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Wildside Press, Oct 1, 2007 - Drama - 480 pages
Beggars' Bush is a Jacobean-era stage play, a comedy in the canon of John Fletcher and his collaborators. The actual authorship is a matter of dispute among scholars and critics. Critics generally agree that the hands of Fletcher and Philip Massinger are

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About the author (2007)

John Fletcher is a veterinarian and expert on deer who runs a deer farm in Auchtermuchty, Scotland.

Philip Massinger was born in Salisbury in 1583, the son of a Wiltshire family (the surname is often spelled Messenger). His father was employed in the household of Henry Herbert, the Earl of Pembroke, at Wilton, his office being that of house-steward and agent to the Earl. Massinger was educated probably first at Salisbury grammar school, and afterwards at Oxford, which he left without a degree for reasons unknown. By 1613 he was writing plays for the theatre-manager Henslowe, to whom he applied for money when imprisoned with two fellow-dramatists Daborne and Field for debt. It is estimated that in some thirty years Massinger either wrote or had a hand in some 53 plays. His earliest collaborations and original plays were written for the King's Men, the company of which Shakespeare had been a member and a writer, playing at the Globe and Blackfriars theatres. John Fletcher had succeeded Shakespeare as the King's Men's principal dramatist, and it was Fletcher with whom Massinger chiefly collaborated, Fletcher from whom he learnt much of his dramatic art, and Fletcher whom he succeeded in 1626 (after a short period of writing for the Queen's Men, playing at the Cockpit, or, as it was called when rebuilt after a fire, the Phoenix). He died in 1640 and was buried in Fletcher's grave in Southwark Cathedral. Massinger's works include the romances "The Duke of Milan" (1620), "The Great Duke of Florence "(1627), and "The Roman Actor" (1626), the comedies "The City Madam "(1632) and "The Guardian" (1633), and the tragicomedies "The Bondman" (1623) and "The Renegado" (1624). He also collaborated on 11 plays with John Fletcher, and may possibly have had a hand in Shakespeare and Fletcher's "Henry VIII" and" The Two Noble Kinsmen".

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