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The Shoemaker's Holiday / Edition 3
     

The Shoemaker's Holiday / Edition 3

by Thomas Dekker
 

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ISBN-10: 0713673788

ISBN-13: 9780713673784

Pub. Date: 09/01/2009

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

Thomas Dekker's The Shoemaker's Holiday is one of the most popular of Elizabethan plays, entertaining, racy and vivid in its characterisation. Revealing a vital portrait of Elizabethan London and the interaction of social classes within the city, its social commentary is on the whole optimistic, though darker tones are discernible. The play has had a lively history of

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Thomas Dekker's The Shoemaker's Holiday is one of the most popular of Elizabethan plays, entertaining, racy and vivid in its characterisation. Revealing a vital portrait of Elizabethan London and the interaction of social classes within the city, its social commentary is on the whole optimistic, though darker tones are discernible. The play has had a lively history of performance on both the professional and amateur stage; the roles of Simon and Madgy Eyre in particular have proved worthy vehicles for the talents of such performers as Sir Donald Wolfit and Dame Edith Evans, and a notable production was directed by Orson Welles.

The editors offer a study of the text; a historical and critical introduction, which includes a study of the play's relationship with contemporary life and drama and of its place in Dekker's work; a stage history; a detailed commentary and a reprint of source materials.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780713673784
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Series:
New Mermaids Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.50(d)

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Table of Contents

General Editors' Prefacevii
Prefaceix
Abbreviationsx
List of Illustrationsxii
Introduction
1Dekker's career: the play in its biographical context1
2Date: the play in its historical and literary context8
3The use of source material17
4The play26
5The play on the stage
The original staging44
Later stage history47
6The text
Early editions53
Later editions58
The present text62
Act-and scene divisions63
The Shoemaker's Holiday71
Appendices
ADekker's use of The Gentle Craft203
BThe play's title219
Index to the Commentary222

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