The Dramatic Works in the Beaumont and Fletcher Canon: Volume 1, The Knight of the Burning Pestle, The Masque of the Inner Temple and Gray's Inn, The Woman Hater, The Coxcomb, Philaster, The Captain

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 1, 2008 - Drama - 708 pages
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This is the first volume in a ten-volume series of the complete dramatic works of Beaumont and Fletcher, published under the general editorship of Fredson Bowers. Each volume contains several plays accompanied by a textual introduction and critical apparatus. The plays of Beaumont alone are published first, followed by those by Beaumont and Fletcher together, Beaumont and Fletcher revised by Massinger, Fletcher alone and finally Fletcher with his numerous collaborators.
 

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Contents

THE KNIGHT OF THE BURNING PESTLE I
11
THE MASQUE OF THE INNER TEMPLE AND GRAYS INN III
111
Edited by irby b cauthen jr Professor of English
266
Edited by l a beaurline Associate Professor
548
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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.

The team of Francis Beaumont (1584-1616) and 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 wrote several plays alone as well, 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 he collaborated on these with Shakespeare. Beaumont and Fletcher's work is energetic, full of stage thrills, declamatory speeches and bizarre plots. Though it is not as rich and 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.

Fredson Bowers is Linden Kent Professor of English, Emeritus, at the University of Virginia.

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