The Spanish Tragedy

Author: Thomas Kyd

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1472573854

Category: Drama

Page: 176

View: 1885

The first fully-fledged example of a revenge tragedy, the genre that became so influential in later Elizabethan and Jacobean drama, The Spanish Tragedy (1589) occupies a very special place in the history of English Renaissance drama. Hieronimo, Knight-Marshal of Spain during its war with Portugal, fails to obtain justice when his son is murdered for courting Bel-Imperia, the Duke of Castile's daughter, and decides to take justice into his own hands... This new student edition has been freshly revised by Professor Andrew Gurr to incorporate the latest stage history and critical interpretations of the play. It also appends the scenes that were added in 1602, discusses Elizabethan attitudes to revenge, the Senecan features of the play and the significance of the Anglo-Spanish conflict in the 1580s.

Four Revenge Tragedies

Author: Thomas Kyd,Thomas Middleton,George Chapman

Publisher: Digireads.Com

ISBN: 9781420949360

Category: Drama

Page: 298

View: 2734

The four plays in this collection are a representative collection of dramas that exhibits the development of the Jacobean era revenge play. In "The Spanish Tragedy" we find the aftermath of a conflict between the Viceroy of Portugal and the Spanish empire. The death of Spanish officer Andrea prompts Horatio, Andrea's best friend, and Bel-imperia, who was in love with Andrea against her family's wishes, to seek revenge against Andrea's murderer, Balthazar, the Viceroy's son. "The Revenger's Tragedy" follows the young son of an Italian duke through his attempt to revenge the death of an elder through the rape of the beautiful Gloriana. "The Revenge of Bussy D'Ambois" concerns the story of Clermont D'Ambois whose brother Bussy has been gunned down in an ambush. Clermont becomes involved in a relationship with Tamyra, Bussy's former lover, who urges Clermont to take vengeance on her husband Montsurry, who is responsible for Bussy's murder. In "The Atheist's Tragedy" we find the story of D'Amville, a wealthy French nobleman and our titular atheist. D'Amville is a cynical, ruthless, and Machiavellian character who conspires to have his brother, the Baron Montferrers, killed and ruin his nephew, Charlemont, in order to gain the son's inheritance.

The Spanish Tragedy

Authoritative Text , Sources and Contexts, Criticism

Author: Thomas Kyd

Publisher: W W Norton & Company Incorporated

ISBN: 9780393934007

Category: Drama

Page: 289

View: 3619

Thomas Kyd s highly influential and popular revenge play is now available in a richly documented and critically engaging Norton Critical Edition."

The Revenger's Tragedy

Author: Cyril Tourneur

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803252844

Category: Fiction

Page: 130

View: 1503

"An intense and horrible view of life."--T. S. Eliot "This drama must now be acknowledged, for dramtic power, for coherence of structure, for astonishing compression and consistency of language, and for superb unity of tone, surpassed in the whole Elizabethan repertory by only the few greatest plays."--Lawrence J. Ross In the family of passions none is more patient than hate. This masterpiece of the Elizabethan stage, first published in 1607, is a study of debauchery, deep offense, and the high cost of revenge. It is often compared to Hamlet for its relentless tension and its lecherous royalty. Its protagonist, Vindice, is one of the most memorable characters in all of Renaissance theater, a murderer who will not let a single enemy remain alive.

Five Revenge Tragedies

The Spanish Tragedy, Hamlet, Antonio's Revenge, The Tragedy of Hoffman, The Revenger's Tragedy

Author: Thomas Kyd,Thomas Middleton,William Shakespeare,John Marston,Henry Chettle

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141960469

Category: Drama

Page: 464

View: 8782

As the Elizabethan era gave way to the reign of James I, England grappled with corruption within the royal court and widespread religious anxiety. Dramatists responded with morally complex plays of dark wit and violent spectacle, exploring the nature of death, the abuse of power and vigilante justice. In Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy a father failed by the Spanish court seeks his own bloody retribution for his son's murder. Shakespeare's 1603 version of Hamlet creates an avenging Prince of unique psychological depth, while Chettle's The Tragedy of Hoffman is a fascinating reworking of Hamlet's themes, probably for a rival theatre company. In Marston's Antonio's Revenge, thwarted love leads inexorably to gory reprisals and in Middleton's The Revenger's Tragedy, malcontent Vindice unleashes an escalating orgy of mayhem on a debauched Duke for his bride's murder, in a ferocious satire reflecting the mounting disillusionment of the age. Emma Smith's introduction considers the political and religious climate behind the plays and the dramatic conventions within them. This edition includes a chronology, playwrights' biographies and suggestions for further reading.

The Duchess of Malfi

Fifth Edition

Author: John Webster

Publisher: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama

ISBN: 9781472520654

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 192

View: 9629

A major revision of this classic revenge tragedy. The comprehensive introduction covers recent developments in criticism and key theatre productions, as well as relating the play to other early modern tragedies. The edition gives students and teachers a reliable, annotated text and a stimulating overview of the play's context, critical perspectives and an exploration of its stage history. An invaluable resource for study and performance.

The Jew of Malta

Author: Christopher Marlowe

Publisher: Charles River Editors via PublishDrive

ISBN: 153780488X

Category: Drama

Page: 149

View: 9089

Christopher Marlowe was one of the most famous playwrights in all of literature. Marlowe's tragic plays, noted for their blank verse and unique protagonists, were a great influence on the legendary William Shakespeare.Some of Marlowe's classics include Doctor Faustus, Edward II, and Tamburlaine the Great. The Jew of Malta is a classic play with themes such as religious conflict and revenge. This play is believed to have been a major influence on Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice.This edition includes a table of contents.

'Tis Pity She's A Whore

John Ford

Author: John Ford

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134944489

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 176

View: 3111

The last decade has seen a revival of interest in John Ford and especially 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, his tragedy of religious scepticism, incestuous love, and revenge. This text in particular has provided a focus for scholarship as well as being the subject of a number of major theatrical productions. Simon Barker guides the reader through the full range of previous interpretations of the play; moving from an overview of traditional readings he goes on to enlarge upon new questions that have arisen as a consequence of critical and cultural theory.

Four Revenge Tragedies

The Spanish Tragedy, The Revenger's Tragedy, 'Tis Pity She's A Whore and The White Devil

Author: Thomas Kyd,ANON ANON,John Ford,John Webster

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1472573579

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 600

View: 5313

Francis Bacon described revenge as a 'kind of wild justice'. Then as now, early modern playwrights and their theatre-going public were fascinated by the anarchic energies that a desire for retribution unleashes. Rather than rehearsing familiar conventions, each of these plays presents a unique social and cultural milieu where dark fantasies of revenge are variously played out. In Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy a grieving father seeks public justice for the murder of his son by envious princelings. When his attempts are thwarted he turns a court spectacle of murder into the 'real' thing. Blackly comic in its tone and style, The Revenger's Tragedy (anon.) presents vengeance as mimetic art, witty and cruel. Ford's 'Tis Pity She's a Whore represents an innovative re-working of the genre as a brother's love for his sister leads to his spectacular revenge on his rival, her husband, in a society in which brutal retaliation for perceived wrong is the norm. In Webster's The White Devil crimes of passion ignite revenge in the courts of the Italian city states. This student edition contains fully annotated, modernized texts of each play together with an introduction discussing the dramatic and poetic style of each play, focusing on its action and play of ideas.

The Spanish Tragedy

Author: Thomas Kyd

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393614808


Page: N.A

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Revised Edition

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1474273882

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 688

View: 4609

This Arden edition of Hamlet, arguably Shakespeare's greatest tragedy, presents an authoritative, modernized text based on the Second Quarto text with a new introductory essay covering key productions and criticism in the decade since its first publication. A timely up-date in the 400th anniversary year of Shakespeare's death which will ensure the Arden edition continues to offer students a comprehensive and current critical account of the play, alongside the most reliable and fully-annotated text available.

Elizabethan Jacobean Drama

The Theatre in Its Time

Author: Blakemore G. Evans

Publisher: New Amsterdam Books

ISBN: 1461710790

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 432

View: 6438

The purpose of this absorbing collection is to illuminate the world of the theatre by setting it squarely in its historical context. To that end, Professor Evans draws on the whole spectrum of Elizabethan-Jacobean writing, from official documents to diaries and letters. Part I, The Theatre and the World, deals, through contemporary writings, with the drama itself, the audiences and their responses, theatrical companies, acting and actors, and buildings and technical matters. Part II, The Worlds and the Theatre, illustrates how the problems of everyday life, complicated as they were by moral, religious, social, political, and economic issues, provided an ever-fruitful source of materials to the dramatists who practiced their craft during this extraordinarily creative period.


Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: N.A


Category: Promptbooks

Page: N.A

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The Malcontent

Author: John Marston

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408149176

Category: Drama

Page: 156

View: 5207

A student edition of Marston's classic play The Malcontent is a tragicomedy deriving from the tradition of the revenge play. The verbal ingenuity of Malevole, the "malcontent", and the extravagance of the drama, push the relentlessness of intrigue to its logical conclusion, exposing the basically comic aspect of the genre. The conventional function of the climactic masque is inverted, leading to the essential resolution of the comedy. This edition comes with full commentary and notes, together with photos of Jonathan Miller's acclaimed 1973 production at the Nottingham Playhouse.

The Misanthrope, Tartuffe, and Other Plays

Author: Molière,,Maya Slater

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199540187

Category: Drama

Page: 400

View: 7091

First published as an Oxford World's Classics paperback, 2001.

The Changeling

Author: Thomas Middleton,William Rowley

Publisher: The Floating Press

ISBN: 1775414922

Category: Drama

Page: 198

View: 7661

Considered by critics to be one of the best tragedies of the English Renaissance, The Changeling was written by Thomas Middleton and William Rowley and first published in book form in 1653. Beatrice-Joanna is betrothed to Alonzo but in love with Alsemero. She convinces De Flores, who is in love with her, to help her be free of Alonzo - by murdering him. In a comic sub-plot, Alibius' young wife Isabella has two admirers, Franciscus and Antonio, who pretend to be madmen in order to see her.

The Rover

Author: Aphra Behn

Publisher: Charles River Editors via PublishDrive

ISBN: 1537806122

Category: Drama

Page: 266

View: 5841

Aphra Behn was a British writer and poet from the Restoration era. Behn is noted for being one of the first English women to earn a living by writing and she would become the idol of many famous female authors who followed her. This edition of The Rover includes a table of contents.

The atheist's tragedy

Author: Cyril Tourneur

Publisher: N.A


Category: Verse drama, English

Page: 72

View: 4720

Bussy D'Ambois

And The Revenge of Bussy D'Ambois

Author: George Chapman

Publisher: N.A



Page: 332

View: 5779

Bayou Magic

Author: Jewell Parker Rhodes

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

ISBN: 0316224863

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 256

View: 2079

A magical coming-of-age story from Coretta Scott King honor author Jewell Parker Rhodes, rich with Southern folklore, friendship, family, fireflies and mermaids, plus an environmental twist. It's city-girl Maddy's first summer in the bayou, and she just falls in love with her new surroundings - the glimmering fireflies, the glorious landscape, and something else, deep within the water, that only she can see. Could it be a mermaid? As her grandmother shares wisdom about sayings and signs, Maddy realizes she may be the only sibling to carry on her family's magical legacy. And when a disastrous oil leak threatens the bayou, she knows she may also be the only one who can help. Does she have what it takes to be a hero? Jewell Parker Rhodes weaves a rich tale celebrating the magic within.