The Elizabethan Stage: Volume 1

Hardcover | July 20, 2009

byE. K. Chambers

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First volume of a reissue of the E. K. Chambers's seminal four-volume account of the private, public, and court stages, together with other forms of drama and spectacle surviving from earlier times, from the beginning of the reign of Elizabeth until the death of Shakespeare. Haled in its dayas a comprehensive compendium of 'practically all the discoverable evidence upon the various parts of the subject, collected, weighed, sorted, classified and built up with immense care into a logical and beautiful structure' (New Statesman), the work is still much consulted by by today's scholarsand historians. From the author's Preface: 'My First Book is devoted to a description, perhaps disproportionate, of the Elizabethan Court, and of the ramifications in pageant and progress, tilt and mask, of that instinct for spectacular mimesis, which the Renaissance inherited from the Middle Ages, and of which the drama is itself the mostimportant manifestation. The Second Book gives an account of the settlement of the players in London, of their conflict, backed by the Court, with the tendencies of Puritanism, and of the place which they ultimately found in the monarchical polity. To the Third and Fourth belong the more pedestriantask of following in detail the fortunes of the individual playing companies and the individual theatres, with such fulness and the available records permit. The Fifth deals with the surviving plays, not in their literary aspect, which lies outside my plan, but as documents helping to throw lightupon the history of the institution which produced them.'

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First volume of a reissue of the E. K. Chambers's seminal four-volume account of the private, public, and court stages, together with other forms of drama and spectacle surviving from earlier times, from the beginning of the reign of Elizabeth until the death of Shakespeare. Haled in its dayas a comprehensive compendium of 'practically...

Edmund Kerchever Chambers (1866-1954) was an English literary critic and Shakespearean scholar. His four-volume history of Elizabethan theater, published in 1903, remains a standard resource for scholars of the period's drama.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:432 pagesPublished:July 20, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199567484

ISBN - 13:9780199567485

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Volume IBook I: The Court1. Elizabeth and James2. The Royal Household3. The Revels Office4. Pageantry5. The Mask6. The Mask (continued)7. The Court PlayBook II: The Control of the Stage8. Humanism and Puritanism9. The Struggle of Court and City10. The Actor's Quality11. The Actor's Economics