Thomas Middleton: The Collected Works

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Thomas Middleton (1580-1627) - 'our other Shakespeare' - is the only other Renaissance playwright who created lasting masterpieces of both comedy and tragedy; he also wrote the greatest box-office hit of early modern London (the unique history play A Game at Chess ). His range extends beyond these traditional genres to tragicomedies, masques, pageants, pamphlets, epigrams, and Biblical and political commentaries, written alone or in collaboration with Shakespeare, Webster, Dekker, Ford, Heywood, Rowley, and others. Compared by critics to Aristophanes and Ibsen, Racine and Joe Orton, he has influenced writers as diverse as Aphra Behn and T. S. Eliot. Though repeatedly censored in his own time, he has since come to be particularly admired for his representations of the intertwined pursuits of sex, money, power, and God.

The Collected Works brings together for the first time in a single volume all the works currently attributed to Middleton. It is the first edition of Middleton's works since 1886. The texts are printed in modern spelling and punctuation, with critical introductions and foot-of-the-page commentaries; they are arranged in chronological order, with a special section of Juvenilia. The volume is introduced by essays on Middleton's life and reputation, on early modern London, and on the varied theatres of the English Renaissance. Extensively illustrated, it incorporates much new information on Middleton's life, canon, texts, and contexts. A self-consciously 'federal edition', The Collected Works applies contemporary theories about the nature of literature and the history of the book to editorial practice.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"The Oxford Middleton is a monumental achievement...a landmark edition, one that enables us to appreciate afresh an extraordinary literary career." --James Shapiro, author of 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare and Professor of English, Columbia University

"A monumental work of scholarship." - Jonathan Bate, Times Literary Supplement

"Few editorial projects have been as eagerly anticipated as the Oxford Middleton, which will utterly transform how we understand early modern drama, both in the classroom and in our research. As with Shakespeare, Gary Taylor and his team have set a new gold standard for textual editing and interpretive criticism, leaping from the 19th century to the 21st - finally an edition that captures Middleton's tremendous accomplishments." - Henry Turner, Rutgers University, author of The English Renaissance Stage: Geometry, Poetics, and the Practical Spatial Arts, 1580-1630

"All of us who care deeply about the history of English drama welcome with great enthusiasm and excitement the publication of the Collected Works of Thomas Middleton, a major achievement in textual scholarship that represents the collective expertise and critical wisdom of scholars from all over the world. Gary Taylor and his many collaborators have given us a new and remarkably versatile Thomas Middleton--a great tragic playwright, a brilliant creator of sly and cynical urban comedies, a thoroughly gifted man of the theater and citizen of London. With this massive collected edition, the history of English drama is much more complete and we can hope for many more professional productions of these neglected plays." --Gail Paster, Director, Folger Shakespeare Library

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199580538
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 4/30/2010
  • Pages: 2018
  • Sales rank: 1,000,282
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 2.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary Taylor, George Matthew Edgar Professor of English and Director of the program in the History of Text Technologies at Florida State University, was joint General Editor of Shakespeare's Complete Works (Oxford, 1986; revised 2005). He has written or co-written more than a dozen books, including Reinventing Shakespeare, Cultural Selection, Castration, and Buying Whiteness . In 2006 he gave the McKenzie lectures in the history of the book at Oxford University.
John Lavagnino studied physics at Harvard University and American literature at Brandeis University, where he wrote his dissertation on Vladimir Nabokov. He has worked in atmospheric science at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and in electronic publishing for numerous organizations. He is now Senior Lecturer in Humanities Computing at King's College London, and is working on the digital Catalogue of English Literary Manuscripts 1450-1700.

Associate General Editors
MacDonald P. Jackson
John Jowett
Valerie Wayne
Adrian Weiss

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Table of Contents

Alphabetical Contents
Index of Titles by Genre
List of Illustrations
How to Use This Book, Gary Taylor
Thomas Middleton: Lives and Afterlives, Gary Taylor
Middleton's London, Paul S. Seaver
Middleton's Theatres, Scott McMillin
Collected Works 1603-1627
The Phoenix
News from Gravesend: Sent to Nobody
The Nightingale and the Ant; and, Father Hubburd's Tales
The Meeting of Gallants at an Ordinary; or, The Walks in Paul's
Plato's Cap cast at the year 1604
The Black Book
The Patient Man and the Honest Whore
The Whole Royal and Magnificent Entertainment Given to King James through the City of LondonThe Patient Man and the Honest Whore
Lost Plays: A Brief Account, Doris Feldmann and Kurt Tetzeli von Rosador
Michaelmas Term
A Trick to Catch the Old One
A Mad World, My Masters
A Yorkshire Tragedy; or, One of the Four Plays in One, called All's One
The Life of Timon of Athens
The Puritan Widow; or, The Puritan; or, The Widow of Watling Street
The Revenger's Tragedy
Your Five Gallants
Sir Robert Sherley his Entertainment in Cracovia
The Two Gates of Salvation; or, The Marriage of the Old and New Testament; or, God's Parliament House
The Bloody Banquet: A Tragedy
The Roaring Girl; or, Moll Cutpurse
No Wit/Help like a Woman's; or, The Almanac
The Lady's Tragedy ['The Second Maiden's Tragedy']: Parallel Texts
A Chaste Maid in Cheapside
The Manner of his Lordship's Entertainment
The Triumphs of Truth
Wit at Several Weapons
Masque of Cupids
More Dissemblers Besides Women
The Widow
The Witch
The Tragedy of Macbeth
Civitatis Amor
A Fair Quarrel
The Triumphs of Honour and Industry
The Owl's Almanac
The Peacemaker; or, Great Britain's Blessing
An/The Old Law
Masque of Heroes; or, The Inner Temple Masque
Hengist, King of Kent; or, The Mayor of Queenborough
The Triumphs of Love and Antiquity
The World Tossed at Tennis [A Courtly Masque]
Honourable Entertainments and An Invention
Women, Beware Women: A Tragedy
The Sun in Aries
Measure for Measure
Anything for a Quiet Life
The Changeling
The Nice Valour; or, The Passionate Madman
The Triumphs of Honour and Virtue
The Spanish Gypsy
The Triumphs of Integrity with The Triumphs of the Golden Fleece
A Game at Chesse: An Early Form
A Game at Chess: A Later Form
Occasional Poems, 1619-25
Lost Pageant for Charles I: A Brief Account, Gary Taylor
The Triumphs of Health and Prosperity
Lost Political Prose, 1620-7: A Brief Account, Thomas Cogswell
Juvenilia 1597-1602
The Wisdom of Solomon Paraphrased
Microcynicon: Six Snarling Satires
The Ghost of Lucrece
The Penniless Parliament of Threadbare Poets

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