The Works of Richard Edwards: Politics, Poetry, and Performances in Sixteenth-Century England

The Works of Richard Edwards: Politics, Poetry, and Performances in Sixteenth-Century England

by Ros King
     
 

This book contains fully annotated critical editions of the surviving work of one of the most influential poets and dramatists writing in England before Shakespeare. Ros King rewrites the history of pre-Shakespearean drama, illustrating new approaches to 16th-century prosody, and to the modernization of dramatic poetry. King also re-evaluates the public role of

Overview

This book contains fully annotated critical editions of the surviving work of one of the most influential poets and dramatists writing in England before Shakespeare. Ros King rewrites the history of pre-Shakespearean drama, illustrating new approaches to 16th-century prosody, and to the modernization of dramatic poetry. King also re-evaluates the public role of theater and poetry during a turbulent period in English history. The book includes some of Edwards' never before printed and some newly ascribed poems, along with a number of original musical settings.

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
In 1996 King (English, U. of London) was asked to prepare a new edition of Edwards' play for production at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in London. Here he accompanies that with a 100-page introduction to the now obscure writer, and the handful of poems and bit of music that comprise his extant work. Contemporaries compared his comedies equal to Shakespeare's, who still felt the need to satirize his work 30 years after his death in 1566. Other evidence about him reveal much about the mechanics of professional theater a generation before Shakespeare. Distributed in the US by Palgrave. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780719052996
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2001
Series:
The Revels Plays Companion Library
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.54(w) x 8.92(h) x 1.18(d)

Meet the Author

Ros King is Lecturer in English at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London.

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