Francis Beaumont, Dramatist; A Portrait, With Some Account Of His Circle, Elizabethan And Jacobean And Of His Association With John Fletcher by Charles Mills GayleyFrancis Beaumont, Dramatist; A Portrait, With Some Account Of His Circle, Elizabethan And Jacobean And Of His Association With John Fletcher by Charles Mills Gayley

Francis Beaumont, Dramatist; A Portrait, With Some Account Of His Circle, Elizabethan And Jacobean…

byCharles Mills Gayley

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1914 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XXIX CONCLUSION BEAUMONT'S poetic virtues are his peculiar treasure; but the dramatic method of his heroicromantic plays lent itself lightly to imitation and debasement. Not so much The Maidcs Tragedy and A King and No King, which respect the unities of interest and effect, as Philaster, The Coxcombe, and Cupid's Revenge, to which Fletcher's contribution of captivating theatrical 'business ' and device was more considerable. Some of these plays, and some of Shakespeare's, too, and of Marston's, and Chapman's, and Webster's, paved the way for the heroic play of the Restoration--a melodramatic development of tragicomedy and sentimental tragedy, in which philandering sentiment, strained and histrionic passion, took the place of romantic love and virile conflict,--a drama in which an affected view of life tinged crisis and character alike, an unreasoning devotion to royalty or some other chivalric ideal obscured personal dignity and moral responsibility, and the thrill of surprise dissipated the catharsis, proper to art, whether tragic or comic. Upon the future of the comedy of intrigue and manners, Beaumont exercised no distinctive influence. In plays like The Coxcombe and The Scornful Ladie, the genius of Fletcher dominated the scenes of lighter dialogue and comic complication. And it is through comedies of intrigue and manners written by Fletcher alone or in company with others, especially Massinger, that Fletcher's individual genius exercised most influence on the subsequent history of the drama. The characteristics which won theatrical preeminence for his romantic comedies, heroic tragicomedies and tragedies, written after the cessation of Beaumont's activity, were a Fletcherian vivacity of dialogue, a Fletcherian perfection of 'business,' and a Fl...

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Title:Francis Beaumont, Dramatist; A Portrait, With Some Account Of His Circle, Elizabethan And Jacobean…Format:PaperbackDimensions:104 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.22 inPublished:February 9, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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