Philaster Or Love Lies A-Bleeding (Classic Reprint)

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Fb&c Limited, Nov 14, 2017 - 160 pages
Excerpt from Philaster or Love Lies a-Bleeding

The most successful version of the play was that of George Colman, produced at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, m 1763. His aim was to remove the objections to the performance of this excellent play on the modern stage, ' and he therefore left out several scenes, including Act 11. Scene 4. The Prologue is interesting as a sign of the growing reaction from the pseudo classic to the romantic drama.

While modern tragedy, by rule exact, Spins out a thin-wrought fable, Act by Act, We dare to bring you one of those bold plays Wrote by rough English wits in former days.

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Francis Beaumont (1584-1616) and his collaborator John Fletcher (1579-1625) wrote some of the most popular dramas of Elizabethan England. Beaumont and Fletcher began to work together in about 1606 and continued their partnership until Beaumont's retirement in 1613. Beaumont apparently was the primary plotter of their plays, while Fletcher had a strong flair for language. Their comedies and tragedies include The Woman Hater, The Coxcomb, A Maid's Tragedy, The Knight of the Burning Pestle, Wit Without Money, and Philaster, Or Love Lies A Bleeding. Fletcher authored several other plays alone, such as the comedy The Wild Goose Chase (1621) and the tragedy Bonduca (1614). Cardenio, or the Second Maiden's Tragedy, and Two Noble Kinsmen are attributed to Fletcher, although there has been some speculation that he collaborated with Shakespeare on the plays. Beaumont and Fletcher's work is energetic, rich in stage thrills, declamatory speeches and bizarre plots. Although their work is not as unified as that of some of their contemporaries including Shakespeare and Webster, it influenced the development of Restoration comedy and tragedy, and thus played an important role in the history of drama.

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