The Spanish Tragedy

The Spanish Tragedy

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by Thomas Kyd
     
 

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"The Spanish Tragedy was the first great classic from the Elizabethan period of playwriting, along with Marlowe's Tamburlaine. Set during the 1580s in Spain, England's greatest enemy, for seventy years the play was the most quoted play in English, providing the model for all its successors, even Hamlet. As the greatest of Elizabethan revenge tragedies it first

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"The Spanish Tragedy was the first great classic from the Elizabethan period of playwriting, along with Marlowe's Tamburlaine. Set during the 1580s in Spain, England's greatest enemy, for seventy years the play was the most quoted play in English, providing the model for all its successors, even Hamlet. As the greatest of Elizabethan revenge tragedies it first marks out in challenging form the morality of revenge, and then uses a play within the play to kill off all the victims and one of the two revengers. The chief revenger is left to bite out his own tongue on stage before he kills himself." This student edition contains a lengthy introduction and background on the author, date and sources, themes, critical interpretation and stage history, as well as a fully annotated version of the playtext in modern spelling.

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"Erne's chapter on The First Part of Hieronimo is undoubtedly the most original ... but throughout there are fresh insights, the product of close and intelligent reading of the texts, and the shrewd interpretation of evidence. Erne ... has made an excellent case for going, as his title proclaims "Beyond the Spanish Tragedy," to set Kyd's achievement in a wider context."--David Gunby, Modern Language Review

"I hope this excellent monograph, full of fresh research and convincing new arguments, will prompt someone to invite Erne to edit Kyd in order to replace Boas's edition, still the standard in its centenary year."--Paul Dean, English Studies

"[Erne's] picture of a playwright preoccupied with the themes of grief and loss radiating outwards from the dramatic epicentre of The Spanish Tragedy, is appealing."--Emma Smith, The Times Literary Supplement

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780882950518
Publisher:
Harlan Davidson, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/1951
Series:
Crofts Classics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
112

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