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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This is the first book in more than thirty years on the playwright who is arguably Shakespeare's most important tragic predecessor. In Lukas Erne's book, The Spanish Tragedy - the most popular of all plays on the English Renaissance stage - receives the extensive scholarly and criticaltreatment it deserves, including a full reception and modern stage history. Yet as Erne shows, Thomas Kyd is much more than the author of a single masterpiece. Don Horatio (partly extant in The First Part of Hieronimo), the lost early Hamlet, Soliman and Perseda, and Cornelia all belong to whatemerges in this study for the first time as a coherent dramatic oeuvre.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Don Horatio and The First Part of Hieronimo
14
The Spanish Tragedy
47
origins
79
framing revenge
95
additions adaptations modern
119
Hamlet
146
an introduction
157
the play and its making
168
Cornelia
203
Other works and apocrypha
217
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Lukas Erne teaches English Literature at the University of Geneva.

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