A Book of Masques: In Honour of Allardyce Nicoll

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The English court masque was one of the most extravagant and spectacular forms of entertainment ever produced, the most important period being between 1600 and 1640 when the writers included some of the best-known poets and dramatists of the age. This volume, first published in 1967, was the first selection of masques to be published in England in the twentieth century. It consists of fourteen masques, each specially edited with an introduction and commentary by a different scholar, including Ben Jonson, James ...

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Overview

The English court masque was one of the most extravagant and spectacular forms of entertainment ever produced, the most important period being between 1600 and 1640 when the writers included some of the best-known poets and dramatists of the age. This volume, first published in 1967, was the first selection of masques to be published in England in the twentieth century. It consists of fourteen masques, each specially edited with an introduction and commentary by a different scholar, including Ben Jonson, James Shirley, Samuel Daniel, Thomas Campion, Francis Beaumont, William Browne, Thomas Middleton, Thomas Nabbes and William Davenant. Professor Gerald Eades Bentley examines the masque as Jonson conceived it and the clash that took place between Jonson and his collaborator as designer, Inigo Jones. There is also a final essay on the influence of the masque on the drama of the period. A group of 48 plates has been prepared many of them reproducing designs by Inigo Jones.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521297585
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/23/1980
  • Pages: 514
  • Product dimensions: 5.51 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Table of Contents

Notes on the plates Sybil Rosenfeld; Introduction Gerald Eades Bentley; 1. Samuel Daniel: The Vision of the Twelve Goddesses (1604) Joan Rees; 2. Ben Jonson: Oberon, the Fairy Prince (1611) Richard Hosley; 3. Ben Jonson: Love Freed from Ignorance and Folly (1611) Norman Sanders; 4. Thomas Campion: The Lords' Masque (1613) I. A. Shapiro; 5. Francis Beaumont: The Masque of the Inner Temple and Gray's Inn (1613) Philip Edwards; 6. The Masque of Flowers (1614) E. A. J. Honigmann; 7. William Browne: The Masque of the Inner Temple (Ulysses and Circe) (1615) R. F. Hill; 8. Ben Jonson: Lovers Made Men (1617) Stanley Wells; 9. Ben Jonson: Pleasure Reconciled to Virtue (1618) R. A. Foakes; 10. Thomas Middleton: The Inner Temple Masque, or Masque of Heroes (1619) R. C. Bald; 11. James Shirley: The Triumph of Peace (1634) Clifford Leech; 12. Thomas Nabbes: The Spring's Glory (1638) John Russell Brown; 13. Inigo Jones and William Davenant: Salmacida Spolia (1640) T. J. B. Spencer; 14. James Shirley: Cupid and Death (1653) B. A. Harris; 15. 'These pretty devices': a study of masques in plays Inga-Stina Ewbank.

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