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From the Publisher"An engaging, thoughtful book that ranges across and sometimesbeyond the canon (and also) though Clark's frequent short analysesof particular texts, presents student readers with a series ofuseful models for their own research, analysis and academicwriting."
Times Higher Education
"Realistically comprehensive, distinctive and engaging ... As anoverview of what was and could be acted in the first hundred yearsof the commercial stage in London, it is invaluable."
Times Literary Supplement
"Renaissance Drama employs a thematic and chronologicalapproach to the drama of the period by surveying most of the keydramatists and applying to their works a strong sense of culturalcontexts and the theorized approaches of modern criticism. Owing tothis structure, Clark's study, like that of Womack, should be ofimmense usefulness to scholars and students alike."
The Year's Work in English Studies
"This is a really thorough, extraordinarily wide-ranging,student-friendly study which places the plays of Shakespeare andhis many contemporaries firmly within their social and culturalcontexts. With impressive economy, Sandra Clark offers a seamlesslywoven account of the crucial forces shaping how theatre worked inthis period."
Lisa Hopkins, SheffieldHallamUniversity
"Sandra Clark's long and distinguished career as a Shakespearescholar illuminates every page of this magisterial study. Familiarwith so many works of Renaissance drama, she draws on her extensiveknowledge of early modern culture to demonstrate just how thetheatre reflects the society. Clark's study will be widely adoptedfor use in sixth-form and university classrooms."
John W. Mahon, co-editor, Shakespeare Newsletter
"As always, Sandra Clark's remarkable knowledge captures thevibrancy of Renaissance London. Informative for students andexperts, Renaissance Drama replaces bardolatry with detailsfrom plays and social documents which bring to life Shakespeare'sprofession, city, and contemporaries."
Cristina Malcolmson, Bates College