Woman Killed with Kindness and Other Domestic Plays

ISBN-10: 0192829505
ISBN-13: 9780192829504
Edition: 2008
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Description: Here is a marvelous collection of plays from the English Renaissance period, offering prime examples of the "domestic drama" genre that first appeared around 1590. These four pioneering works, set in near-contemporary England and concerned with  More...

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List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/2/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.08" wide x 7.72" long x 1.02" tall
Weight: 0.880

Here is a marvelous collection of plays from the English Renaissance period, offering prime examples of the "domestic drama" genre that first appeared around 1590. These four pioneering works, set in near-contemporary England and concerned with issues of marriage and crime rather than war and power, focus on the lives of ordinary people, instead of kings and queens and politicians. Arden dramatizes a notorious murder case of forty years earlier, in which a wealthy husband was killed by his wife and her lover. In A Woman Killed with Kindness, a wife is caught by her husband in bed with his best friend. The Witch of Edmonton combines a true-life story of witchcraft with a fictitious tale of bigamy and wife-murder, and The English Traveller deals with the unexpected changes people find when they return home after a lengthy absence. Part of the Oxford English Drama series, this edition has modern-spelling, critical introductions, wide-ranging notes, a chronology of the plays, and appendices that address the question: who wrote Arden of Faversham and when did Thomas Heywood write The English Traveller.

Dekker was a popular, prolific writer who had a hand in at least 40 plays, which he wrote for Philip Henslowe, the theatrical entrepreneur. In the plays that seem to be completely by Dekker, he shows himself as a realist of London life, but even his most realistic plays have a strong undertone of romantic themes and aspirations. The Shoemaker's Holiday (1600), for example, glorifies the gentle craft of the shoemaker, and the character Simon Eyre speaks in an extravagant, hyperbolic style that is far from realistic. Dekker also wrote such prose pamphlets as the Bellman of London (1608) and The Gull's Hornbook (1609), the latter an entertaining account of the behavior of a country yokel and dupe in London. He died in debt.

Introduction
Note on the Texts
Select Bibliography
A Chronology of the Plays and their Genre
The Tragedy of Master Arden of Faversham
Heywood: A Women Killed with Kindness
Ford: The Witch of Edmonton
Heywood: The English Traveller
The Unknown Author of Arden of Faversham
The Date of The English Traveller
Explanatory
Notes
Glossary

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