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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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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