The Conspiracy and Tragedy of Charles, Duke of Byron

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Manchester University Press, 1988 - English drama - 287 pages
Excerpt from The Conspiracie, and Tragoedy of Charles, Duke of Byron, Marshall of France: Acted Lately in Two Playes, at the Blacke-Friers and Other Publique Stages

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
APPENDICES
271
IIb The Dobell letters
278
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George Chapman had a reputation in his own time for being a learned writer. On the payroll of the Elizabethan impresario, Philip Henslowe, he wrote for the Admiral's Men and was imprisoned with Ben Jonson for supposedly seditious theater. He translated the Iliad and Odyssey of Homer and completed Hero and Leander by Christopher Marlowe. Chapman's works are full of humanist scholarship from classical sources, while his tragedies are mostly based on contemporary French history. In Bussy d'Ambois (1607), the best known of this series, the hero is the aspiring, stoic man who is doomed to extinction in a crass world. Chapman's comedies, which are much more lighthearted, experiment in the comedy of "humours" that Jonson was to perfect. The plays are mostly written for the boy companies.

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