A History of English Dramatic Literature

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Atlantic Publishers & Dist, 1997 - English drama - 780 pages
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... The Most Exhaustive And Important In Its Field... Thus, The Judgment Of An Outstanding 19Th Century Literary Figure (See Below On Ward S Masterly History Of English Dramatic Literature). It Is A Judgment That Has Stood Up Remarkably Well In The Passing Of Almost A Century Since The Work Was First Published. Students And Scholars Alike Will Find This Famous History An Invaluable Source Book On English Literature.Ward S Lucid Survey Starts With The Origin Of The Drama In England And The Beginnings Of Regular Drama. After An Excellent Account Of Shakespeare S Predecessors There Is A Long And Astute Section On Shakespeare Himself, Including A Discussion Of The Dramatist S Early Influence On The Continent, Especially In Germany. Volume Ii Also Covers Ben Jonson And The Later Elizabethans, Concluding With The Merits And Defects Of Beaumont And Fletcher. Volume Iii Ends The Work With An Examination Of The Later Stuart Drama When Prose Had Become Permanently The Vehicle Of Dramatic Speech In English Comedy And The Decay Of Tragedy. From An Early Review By Richard Burton In The Dial : ... The Work Is Beyond All Compare The Most Exhaustive And Important ... In Its Field .... When This Monument Of Scholarly Investigation Appeared, In 1874, It Was At Once Recognized As Authoritative, And Has Held The Position Ever Since.... Dr. Ward S Survey Of The Native Drama......Stands Alone Among Scholarly Achievements By Englishmen.The Prime Merit Of The Work, Aside From Thoroughness, Good Judgment In Ample Illustration, And The Deduction Of Sound Principles Therefrom, Lies In This Giving Of Due Attention To The History Of The Stage, While At The Same Time Keeping The Student To A Realization Of The Drama S Literary Splendors ... Drama In Its Technique As Well As In Its Imaginative Triumphs ... ... Take His Admirable Monograph (Vol. I, Chap. Iv) On Shakespeare .... It Would Be Difficult, Even In The Mass Of Similar Attempts, To Indicate Another Eighty Pages Which Tell So Much So Well, And Are So Little Open To Criticism... This Critic S Independence And Originality Of Thought Appear To Advantage In His Closing Remarks On The Tailend Of The Stuart Drama.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER IV
1
Biographical data 1 The spelling of Shaksperes name 2
13
Shaksperes plays 54309
16
ib His departure from Stratford 16 The deerstealing story
34
Steady advance of his private fortunes 160210 35 Shakspere
40
Doubtful plays ascribed to Shakspere 209345
229
Shaksperes dramatic genius 245295
245
CHAPTER V
296
Thomas Middleton 1570 c1627 493540
493
William Rowley 1585 c1640 c 540545
540
Thomas Heywood 1575 c1650 c 550589
550
Other dramatists of this period 604608
604
Plays of doubtful authorship 608613
608
Masques and cognate entertainments 627
627
CHAPTER VII
643
Plays by Beaumont and Fletcher 661748
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Jonsons dramatic works 334393
334
Jonsons characteristics as a dramatist summarised 394407
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CHAPTER VI
408
John Marston 15761634 472493
472
Shirleys The NihtWalker 741 Other extant and nonextant
747
Shaksperes Sonnets 765766
765
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