Rogues, Vagabonds, & Sturdy Beggars: A New Gallery of Tudor and Early Stuart Rogue Literature Exposing the Lives, Times, and Cozening Tricks of the Elizabethan Underworld

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Arthur F. Kinney
Univ of Massachusetts Press, 1973 - Literary Criticism - 318 pages
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The Elizabethan age was one of unbounded vitality and exuberance; nowhere is the color and action of life more vividly revealed than in the rogue books and cony-catching (confidence game) pamphlets of the sixteenth century. This book presents seven of the age's liveliest works: Walker's Manifest Detection of Dice Play; Awdeley's Fraternity of Vagabonds; Harman's Caveat for Common Cursitors Vulgarly Called Vagabonds; Greene's Notable Discovery of Cozenage and Black Book's Messenger; Dekker's Lantern and Candle-light; and Rid's Art of Juggling. From these pages spring the denizens of the Elizabethan underworld: cutpurses, hookers, palliards, jarkmen, doxies, counterfeit cranks, bawdy-baskets, walking morts, and priggers of prancers.

In his introduction, Arthur F. Kinney discusses the significance of these works as protonovels and their influence on such writers as Shakespeare. He also explores the social, political, and economic conditions of a time that spawned a community of renegades who conned their way to fame, fortune, and, occasionally, the rope at Tyburn.

 

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Contents

Preface to the Paperback Edition
1
Introduction
11
A Manifest Detection of Diceplay 1552
59
The Faternity of Vagabonds
85
A Caveat for Common Cursitors 1566
103
A Notable Discovery of Cozenage 1591
155
The Black Books Messenger 1592
187
Latern and Candlelight 1608
207
The Art of Juggling 1612
261
Textual Commentaries and Notes
293
An Elizabethan Glossary
313

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Arthur F. Kinney is Thomas W. Copeland Professor of Literary History at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and founding editor of English Literary Renaissance.

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