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University of Nebraska Press, Jan 1, 1974 - Drama - 152 pages
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"Written in 1609 for Shakespeare's company, Philaster is one of the most ambitious works of literary collaboration ever attempted. Its aim was no less than the translation of the high literary and educational designs of Sidney's Arcadia into commercial drama." "Whereas only the lowest potboiling third of the dramatic repertory of the time was produced by multiple authorship, this hybrid drama by a pair of young dramatists was also a new type of tragicomedy. Its success led to the play being performed for over thirty years and made Beaumont and Fletcher the only authors besides Shakespeare and Jonson to be granted the accolade of a posthumous collection of their plays in Folio." "Andrew Gurr's substantial commentary and notes have never been surpassed since the first publication of the edition which joins the list of over thirty plays currently published in the Revels Plays."--BOOK JACKET.

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User Review  - Matt - Goodreads

There are some legitimately beautiful lines in this play, but the plotting is scattered to the four winds and the reveal at the end was a groaner. Read full review

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User Review  - Andrew - Goodreads

Worth checking out if you're interested in Jacobean tragicomedy. This play of jealousy and deception has some great characters. I especially liked Megara and Galatea as to women with completely ... Read full review


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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.

Fletcher is professor of Philosophy at the University of Warwick.

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