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The Tragedy of Mariam, the Fair Queen of Jewry: with The Lady Falkland: Her Life, by One of Her Daughters / Edition 1

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The Tragedy of Mariam (1613) is the first original play by a woman to be published in England, and its author is the first English woman writer to be memorialized in a biography, which is included with this edition of the play.

Mariam is a distinctive example of Renaissance drama that serves the desire of today's readers and scholars to know not merely how women were represented in the early modern period but also how they themselves perceived their own condition.

With this textually emended and fully annotated edition, the play will now be accessible to all readers. The accompanying biography of Cary further enriches our knowledge of both domestic and religious conflicts in the seventeenth century.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520079694
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 2/7/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Barry Weller is Professor of English at the University of Utah and editor of the dramas in The Complete Poetical Works of Byron. Margaret W. Ferguson is Professor of English at the University of Colorado and author of Trials of Desire: Renaissance Defenses of Poetry (1983).

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Elizabeth Cary's Life and Works 3
Subtexts and Contents for Mariam 17
Josephus and Jewish Materials 17
Biblical and Historical Herods 20
Mystery Play Herods 22
Continental and Classicizing Dramas about Herod and Mariam 23
English "Closet" Dramas 26
The "Social Text" of Henry VIII's Divorce 30
Cary's Mariam 35
The Chorus and Conventional Wisdom 35
Structure and Characterization 38
Mariam and Shakespeare 41
The Texts of Mariam and the Life 43
The 1613 Quarto of Mariam 43
The Manuscript of The Lady of Falkland: Her Life 47
Editorial Procedures 48
Notes to the Introduction 51
Pt. 1 The Tragedy of Mariam
Historical Background to the Events in the Play 63
The Tragedy of Mariam, the Fair Queen of Jewry 65
Notes to the Play 151
Pt. 2 The Lady Falkland
Chronology of Elizabeth Cary's Life and Works 179
The Lady Falkland: Her Life, by One of Her Daughters 183
Appendix A: Passages from Lodge's Translation of Josephus (1602) 277
Appendix B: Textual Collation for Mariam 283
Selected Bibliography 317
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