John Webster and the Elizabethan drama by Rupert Brooke

John Webster and the Elizabethan drama

byRupert Brooke

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1916. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... THE AUTHORSHIP OF THE LATER "APPIUS AND VIRGINIA." x It is startlingly obvious, and has been remarked by every critic of Webster, that Appius and Virginia is quite different from his other plays. It "stands apart from the other plays," says Professor Vaughan.2 Dr. Ward recognises it as a work of Webster's "later manhood, if not of his old age." Mr. William Archer vastly prefers it to the ordinary crude Websterian melodrama. In fact, critics, whether of the Elizabethans in general or of Webster in particular, have always exhibited either conscious discomfort or unconscious haste and lack of interest, when they came to this play. As they have never questioned its authenticity, their perfunctory and unprofitable treatment of it is noteworthy. They cannot fit it in. In summing up Webster's characteristics, they have either quietly let it slide out of sight, or else brought it formally and unhelpfully in, to sit awkward and silent among the rest like a deaf unpleasant aunt at a party of the other side of the family. But never, so far as I am aware, has anyone suggested that it is not by Webster. We may sympathise with the critics. The more closely Appius and Virginia is looked at, the less it shows of the Webster we know. With Northward Ho 1 The only other Appius and Virginia known is the old-fashioned lumbering play by "R. B." (probably Richard Bower) of 1576. *a H. E. L., vol. vi, p. 182. and Westward Ho, one is not discomforted at finding almost no such mark. You may imagine Webster a young man, collaborating with an older, in a welldefined, not very congenial, type of play, contributing the smaller part. There are a hundred reasons against what we mean by Webster being prominent in those > plays. Anyhow, a young man's work is frequently anybody's; especially h...

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Title:John Webster and the Elizabethan dramaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:58 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.12 inPublished:January 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021749630X

ISBN - 13:9780217496308

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