The Roaring Girl: Thomas Middleton & Thomas Dekker

by Thomas Dekker, Thomas Middleton
Editor Paul Mulholland

Manchester University Press | May 15, 1990 | Trade Paperback |

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An annotated edition of an important Jacobean comedy, which is currently receiving greater attention from critics and on stage because the leading character is based on a famous personality of the time, Moll Cutpurse. The history of Moll Cutpurse and its subsequent influence on the women''s movement and feminist concerns make this book relevant to women''s study courses and this is edition incorporates variant readings found in only one copy of the quarto.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 Pages, 5.12 × 8.27 × 0.79 in

Published: May 15, 1990

Publisher: Manchester University Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0719016304

ISBN - 13: 9780719016301

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The Roaring Girl: Thomas Middleton & Thomas Dekker

The Roaring Girl: Thomas Middleton & Thomas Dekker

by Thomas Dekker, Thomas Middleton
Editor Paul Mulholland

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 288 Pages, 5.12 × 8.27 × 0.79 in

Published: May 15, 1990

Publisher: Manchester University Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0719016304

ISBN - 13: 9780719016301

About the Book

An annotated edition of an important Jacobean comedy, which is currently receiving greater attention from critics and on stage because the leading character is based on a famous personality of the time, Moll Cutpurse. The history of Moll Cutpurse and its subsequent influence on the women's movement and feminist concerns make this book relevant to women's study courses and this is edition incorporates variant readings found in only one copy of the quarto.

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An annotated edition of an important Jacobean comedy, which is currently receiving greater attention from critics and on stage because the leading character is based on a famous personality of the time, Moll Cutpurse. The history of Moll Cutpurse and its subsequent influence on the women''s movement and feminist concerns make this book relevant to women''s study courses and this is edition incorporates variant readings found in only one copy of the quarto.

About the Author

Middleton, who wrote in a wide variety of genres and styles, was a thoroughly professional dramatist. His comedies are generally based on London life but are seen through the perspective of Roman comedy, especially those of Plautus. Middleton is a masterful constructor of plots. "A Chaste Maid in Cheapside" (1630) is typical of Middleton's interests. It is biting and satirical in tone: the crassness of the willing cuckold Allwit is almost frightening. Middleton was very preoccupied with sexual themes, especially in his tragedies, "The Changeling" (1622), written with William Rowley, and "Women Beware Women" (1621). The portraits of women in these plays are remarkable. Both Beatrice-Joanna in "The Changeling" and Bianca in "Women Beware Women" move swiftly from innocence to corruption, and Livia in "Women Beware Women" is noteworthy as a feminine Machiavelli and manipulator. In his psychological realism and his powerful vision of evil, Middleton is close to Shakespeare. Dekker was a popular, prolific writer who had a hand in at least 40 plays, which he wrote for Philip Henslowe, the theatrical entrepreneur. In the plays that seem to be completely by Dekker, he shows himself as a realist of London life, but even his most realistic plays have a strong undertone of romantic themes and aspirations. The Shoemaker's Holiday (1600), for example, glorifies the gentle craft of the shoemaker, and the character Simon Eyre speaks in an extravagant, hyperbolic style that is far from realis
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