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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Univ of Massachusetts Press, 1973 - Literary Criticism - 318 pages
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Presenting seven works from the Elizabethan age including Dekker's Lantern and Candle-light and Rid's Art of Juggling, this book discusses these and other Elizabethan protonovels and assesses their influence on writers such as Shakespeare.

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Preface to the Paperback Edition
A Manifest Detection of Diceplay 1552
The Faternity of Vagabonds
A Caveat for Common Cursitors 1566
A Notable Discovery of Cozenage 1591
The Black Books Messenger 1592
Latern and Candlelight 1608
The Art of Juggling 1612
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Page 20 - What is that, quod the Cardinal ? forsoth my lorde (quod I) your shepe that were wont to be so meke and tame, and so smal eaters, now, as I heare saye, be become so great devowerers and so wylde, that they eate up, and swallow downe the very men them selfes.

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Arthur F. Kinney is Copeland Professor of Literary History at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and Director of the Massachusetts Center for Renaissance Studies. He is the editor of "Renaissance Drama: An Anthology of Plays and Entertainments" (Blackwell, 1999"), A Companion to Renaissance Drama" (Blackwell, 2002) and of the journal "English Literary Renaissance." His other works include "Elizabethan Backgrounds" (Second Edition, 1994), "Rogues, Vagabonds and Sturdy Beggars" (Second Edition, 1995), "Humanist Poetics" (1986), and "Lies Like Truth: Shakespeare, Macbeth, and the Cultural Moment" (2001).

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