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Five Plays

ISBN-10: 0140432191

ISBN-13: 9780140432190

Edition: 1988

Authors: Thomas Middleton, Bryan Loughrey, Neil Taylor, Neil Taylor, Neil Taylor

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Book details

List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 1988
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 10/4/1988
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Middleton, who wrote in a wide variety of genres and styles, was a thoroughly professional dramatist. His comedies are generally based on London life but are seen through the perspective of Roman comedy, especially those of Plautus. Middleton is a masterful constructor of plots. "A Chaste Maid in Cheapside" (1630) is typical of Middleton's interests. It is biting and satirical in tone: the crassness of the willing cuckold Allwit is almost frightening. Middleton was very preoccupied with sexual themes, especially in his tragedies, "The Changeling" (1622), written with William Rowley, and "Women Beware Women" (1621). The portraits of women in these plays are remarkable. Both Beatrice-Joanna in "The Changeling" and Bianca in "Women Beware Women" move swiftly from innocence to corruption, and Livia in "Women Beware Women" is noteworthy as a feminine Machiavelli and manipulator. In his psychological realism and his powerful vision of evil, Middleton is close to Shakespeare.