The Devil Is An Ass

Author: Ben Jonson
Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9780719030901
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The Devil Is An Ass. This edition of "The Devil is an Ass" (1616) aims to provide an insight into Jonson's life and work, the theatrical qualities of the play, its political background and its textual history. In his introduction, Peter Happe looks at the special place of the play in Jonson's own life, his interest in London, the theatrical setting of the play and its sources and analogues. There are critical and explanatory commentaries and a glossarial index. The play is seen in its historical and political context, by linking it with late medieval and Elizabethan plays, as well as with the Jacobean stage. The text is meticulously and reliably edited, with modernized spelling for today's reader. A commentary is provided to explain difficult or significant passages. The stage history of the play also includes very recent productions.

Poetaster Or The Arraignment

Author: Ben Jonson
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198132295
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Poetaster Or The Arraignment. Poetaster Sejanus The Devil is an Ass New Inn Oxford English Drama offers plays from the sixteenth to early twentieth centuries in selections that make available both rarely printed and canonical works. The texts are freshly edited using modern spelling. Critical introductions, wide-ranging annotation, and informative bibliographies illuminatethe plays' cultural contexts and theatrical potential for reader and performer alike. 'The series should reshape the canon in a number of significant areas. A splendid and imaginative project.' [Professor Anne Barton, Cambridge University]

Possession Puritanism And Print

Author: Marion Gibson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317315634
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Possession Puritanism And Print. Tells a story of injustice and passionate resistance to religious persecution in the last years of Queen Elizabeth's reign. Through an analysis of a sensational series of demonic possessions and exorcisms, this book highlights the existence of controversies in print in the late Elizabethan period of the kind that would one day lead to civil war.

The Relapse And Other Plays

Author: John Vanbrugh
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199555699
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The Relapse And Other Plays. This edition contains five comedies on the theme of marital disharmony by the foremost Restoration playwright John Vanbrugh (1664-1726). In addition to the The Relapse it includes The Provoked Wife, The Confederacy, A Journey to London, and The Country House. Published in the Oxford English Drama series, it has modernized texts, a critical introduction, wide-ranging annotation, and an informative bibliography. It is the only selection of Vanbrugh's plays currently in print.

Alchemist And Other Plays

Author: Ben Jonson
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780192834461
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Alchemist And Other Plays. This edition brings together Jonson's four great comedies in one volume. Volpone, which was first performed in 1606, dramatizes the corrupting nature of greed in an exuberant satire set in contemporary Venice. The first production of Epicene marked the end of a year long closure of the theatres because of an epidemic of the plague in 1609; its comedy affirms the consolatory power of laughter at such a time. The Alchemist (1610) deploys the metaphors of alchemical transformation to emphasize the mutability of the characters and their relationships. In Bartholomew Fair (1614) Jonson embroils the visitors to the fair in its myriad tempations, exposing the materialistic impulses beneath the apparent godliness of Jacobean Puritans. Under the General Editorship of Michael Cordner of the University of York the texts of the plays have been newly edited and are presented with modernized spelling and punctuation. Stage directions hvae been added to facilitate the reconstructionof the plays' performance, and there is a scholarly introduction, detailed annotation, and a glossary.

Playboy Of The Western World And Other Plays

Author: John Millington Synge
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780192834485
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Playboy Of The Western World And Other Plays. J M Synge was one of the key dramatists in the flourishing world of Irish literature at the turn of the century. This volume offers all of Synge's plays, which range from racy comedy to stark tragedy, all sharing a memorable lyricism. The introduction sets Synge's work in the context of the Irish literary movement, with special attention to his role as one of the founders of the Abbey Theatre and his work alongside W. B. Yeats and Lady Gregory. Includes: Riders to the Sea; The Shadow of the Glen; The Tinker's Wedding; The Well of the Saints; The Play of the Western World; Deirdre of the Sorrows

Country Wife And Other Plays

Author: William Wycherley
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780192834546
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Country Wife And Other Plays. Wycherley's four comedies are admired for their satirical wit, farcical humour, vivid characterization, and social criticism.Love in a Wood, a lively comedy of intrigue, established him as a brilliant new dramatist.The Gentleman Dancing-Master, in contrast, disappointed contemporary audiences, but the central relationship between Hippolyta and Gerrard features an original and sympathetic study of a young woman's attitudes and feelings. The Country Wife is a sharp but also highly amusing attack on social and sexual hypocrisy. The Plain Dealer, a powerful dramatic satire loosely based on Moliere's Le Misanthrope, continues and enlarges Wycherley's assault on greed and corruption. Under the General Editorship of Michael Cordner of the University of York, the texts of the plays have been newly edited and are presented with modernized spelling and punctuation. In addition, there is a scholarly introduction, a note on staging, and detailed annotation.

The Country Wife And Other Plays

Author: William Wycherley
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191611425
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The Country Wife And Other Plays. Wycherley's four comedies are admired for their satirical wit, farcical humour, vivid characterization, and social criticism.Love in a Wood, a lively comedy of intrigue, established him as a brilliant new dramatist.The Gentleman Dancing-Master, in contrast, disappointed contemporary audiences, but the central relationship between Hippolyta and Gerrard features an original and sympathetic study of a young woman's attitudes and feelings. The Country Wife is a sharp but also highly amusing attack on social and sexual hypocrisy. The Plain Dealer, a powerful dramatic satire loosely based on Moliere's Le Misanthrope, continues and enlarges Wycherley's assault on greed and corruption. Under the General Editorship of Michael Cordner of the University of York, the texts of the plays have been newly edited and are presented with modernized spelling and punctuation. In addition, there is a scholarly introduction, a note on staging, and detailed annotation. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

A Mad World My Masters And Other Plays

Author: Thomas Middleton
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780192834553
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A Mad World My Masters And Other Plays . Michaelmas term: Cast gender - mixed; number - 19 males, 7 females (total 16); size - large; length - 5 acts, 18 scenes. Elizabethan drama. Property swindling of country landowner by city merchant.

Tis Pity She S A Whore And Other Plays

Author: John Ford
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780192834492
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Tis Pity She S A Whore And Other Plays. Ford wrote darkly about sexual and political passion, despair, thwarted ambition, and incest. This selection also shows his ability to portray the poignancy of love as well as write entertaining comedy and create convincing roles for women. His Annabella, Hippolita, Penthea, Calantha, and Katherine Gordon rank among the most dramatically powerful female characters on the post-Shakespearean stage. Setting Ford's earliest surviving independently-written play, The Lover's Melancholy, alongside his three best known works, this edition includes an introduction with sections on each play addressing gender issues, modern relevance, and staging possibilities. Under the General Editorship of Michael Cordner of the University of York, the texts of the plays have been newly edited and are presented with modernized spelling and punctuation, supplemented by detailed annotation.