Francis Beaumont; A Critical Study by George Campbell MacaulayFrancis Beaumont; A Critical Study by George Campbell Macaulay

Francis Beaumont; A Critical Study

byGeorge Campbell Macaulay

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1883 edition. Excerpt: ... IV. We have now perhaps reached a point of view from which we may hope to recognize the hand of Fletcher in those works of which he seems not to have been the sole author. As regards the work which was produced before the death of Beaumont we have evidence, as already stated, that each of the partners worked separately at times during this period, and that one of them had occasionally partners other than his most intimate friend. But, unless The Two yNoble Kinsmen be an exception, no work of this period in which others besides Beaumont and Fletcher were concerned seems to have found its way into the collected editions. By examining, then, in chronological order, those earlier plays of which the date is most clearly ascertained, we may hope to trace the characteristics of Beaumont, as we have already found those of Fletcher, by examining the later work of which he seems to be the sole author. First in order of publication is The Woman Hatery printed in 1607. Here, on the question of authorship, we shall have the misfortune to come into direct conflict with one of the few pieces of external evidence which can be alleged in making division between the two authors. Langbaine, as has been already stated, writing in the year 1691, asserts that "this play was one of those writ by Fletcher alone." The first quarto mentions no author: the second, printed in 1648, has the name of Fletcher alone; and the third 1649, practically a reprint of the second with a new titlepage, has both names. It seems possible that Langbaine may have made his statement on the authority of the second quarto alone. How little he is likely to have had independent information of any value on this subject, may be judged from the fact that, of fifty-two plays which he...
Title:Francis Beaumont; A Critical StudyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:108 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.22 inPublished:May 20, 2014Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021772096X

ISBN - 13:9780217720960