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Shoemaker's Holiday

ISBN-10: 0713673788

ISBN-13: 9780713673784

Edition: 3rd 2008

Authors: Thomas Dekker, Jonathan Gil Harris

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One of the most popular Elizabethan plays, 'The Shoemaker's Holiday' is one of the earliest examples of 'citizen comedy' plays set in London and dealing with the dominant concerns of metropolitan society - class mobility, sexual intrigue and the pursuit of wealth and status.
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Book details

List price: $13.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Publication date: 10/27/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.286
Language: English

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.