The Gentle Craft

The Gentle Craft

by Simon Barker, Thomas Deloney
     
 

ISBN-10: 0754638944

ISBN-13: 9780754638940

Pub. Date: 08/13/2007

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

In this volume Simon Barker offers Deloney's tale in modern typography, with explanatory notes and an extensive introduction, a detailed account of the sources and influence of the book, its publication history, and what is known of its author. He suggests that Deloney's combination of romance with the practical morality of an emerging social class produced a text

Overview

In this volume Simon Barker offers Deloney's tale in modern typography, with explanatory notes and an extensive introduction, a detailed account of the sources and influence of the book, its publication history, and what is known of its author. He suggests that Deloney's combination of romance with the practical morality of an emerging social class produced a text that is uniquely important for those interested in late-Elizabethan popular culture.

Although it was probably conceived as a trilogy, only the first two parts of Thomas Deloney's prose romance were completed, dealing with the origins of the shoemaker's trade and how it succeeded in London. The Gentle Craft is best known as the principal source of Thomas Dekker's The Shoemaker's Holiday. But Deloney's tale of Simon Eyre, who founded Leadenhall, the centre of the leather trade, and rose to be Lord Mayor of London, is itself significant for its adaptation of euphemistic romances and jestbooks. In this volume Simon Barker offers in modern typography, with explanatory notes and an extensive introduction, an account of the sources and influence of the book, its publication history and what is known of its author. He suggests that Deloney's combination of romance with the practical morality of an emerging social class produced a text that is uniquely important for those interested in late-Elizabethan popular culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754638940
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/13/2007
Series:
Non-canonical Early Modern Popular Texts
Edition description:
1
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
A note on the text
The Gentle Craft
Appendix
Explanatory notes
Selected bibliography
Index

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