Campaspe and Sappho and Phao: John Lyly

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Manchester University Press, Jul 2, 1999 - Drama - 307 pages
This is the finest critical edition of the two earliest comedies written by John Lyly. The text of "Sappho and Phao" is based on a first edition that was never before recognized as such. The text of "Campaspe" has also been take from early editions. The substantial introductions and commentary notes give a new view of Lyly's learning, style, wit and theatrical genius, along with the presentation of the battle of the sexes that offered such vital models for the early Shakespeare. The editors have worked to ensure that the two plays in this joint edition will compliment and illuminate each other. The plays are set in their historical, literary and theatrical context. With modernized spelling, explanations of difficult passages and extensive footnotes, this book will be a welcome addition for anyone interested in English Renaissance drama.
 

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Two plays published in 1584 and both performed at Whitehall in the presence of Queen Elizabeth I. Campaspe was reprinted in 1591, but there are no records of any other performances at this time. The ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION TO Campaspe
1
INTRODUCTION TO Sappho and Phao
141
APPENDIX
301
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David Bevington is Phyllis Fay Horton Professor in the Humanities at the University of Chicago. George K. Hunter is Professor of English and Renaissance Studies at Yale University.

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