Beyond The Spanish Tragedy: A Study of the Works of Thomas Kyd

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Manchester University Press, 2001 - Drama - 252 pages
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Thomas Kyd is arguably Shakespeare's most important tragic predecessor. Fusing the drama of the academic and popular traditions, Thomas Kyd's plays are of central importance for understanding how the drama of Shakespeare and his contemporaries came about. Called an extraordinary dramatic genius by T.S. Eliot, Thomas Kyd invented the revenge tragedy genre that culminated in Shakespeare's Hamlet some 12 years later. In Lukas Erne's book, The Spanish Tragedy - the most popular of all plays on the English Renaissance stage - receives the extensive scholarly and critical treatment it deserves, including a full reception and modern stage history.

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Lukas Erne is Professor of English at the University of Geneva. He holds degrees from the Universities of Lausanne, Oxford and Geneva. He has taught at the University of Neuchatel and, as Visiting Professor, at Yale University. He has been the Fowler Hamilton Research Fellow at Christ Church, Oxford, and the recipient of research fellowships at the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Huntington Library. He is the author of Shakespeare's Modern Collaborators (2008), Beyond 'The Spanish Tragedy': A Study of the Works of Thomas Kyd (2001) and Shakespeare as Literary Dramatist (2003), which was named 'Book of the Year' in The Times Literary Supplement. He is the editor, with Guillemette Bolens, of Medieval and Early Modern Authorship (2011), of The First Quarto of Romeo and Juliet (2007) and, with M. J. Kidnie, of Textual Performance: The Modern Reproduction of Shakespeare's Drama (2004). He gave the Lyell Lectures, on 'Shakespeare and the Book Trade', at the University of Oxford in spring 2012.

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