English Drama: Shakespeare to the Restoration, 1590-1660
This book considers English drama from the beginning of Shakespeare's career to the restoration of Charles II. The plays are considered against the history and culture of their time, as reactions to a crisis of confidence in early 17th c. English society. Focusing on Shakespeare and the development of his art from its origins as a reaction to Elizabethan drama to the more experimental work of his later years, Professor Leggatt examines all his major contemporaries - Jonson, Middleton, Webster, Beaumont, Fletcher and Ford - combining close analysis of specific plays with a broader look at trends within drama. A fresh view of familiar is provided and often neglected areas of popular and late Jacobean and Caroline drama are discussed.
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