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Thomas of Woodstock - (Revels Plays (Paperback)) (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 230

Genre: Literary Criticism

Sub-Genre: European

Series Title: Revels Plays (Paperback)

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Manchester University Press

Book theme: English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh

Language: English

Street Date: May 15, 2009
TCIN: 78566669
UPC: 9780719080678
Item Number (DPCI): 247-34-7588


This anonymous manuscript play has long been the subject of scholarly dispute regarding its relationship with Shakespeare's Richard II. This edition, which thoroughly re-examines the text, situates the play within its historical and political context, relating it to the genre of chronicle drama to which it belongs. The manuscript is of particular interest in that it appears to have been used in the playhouse over a considerable period of time and contains what seems to be evidence of the theatre practice of the time. The play is also of special interest for its skilful and original handling of source material which may well have influenced Shakespeare's Richard II. The extensive appendices drawn from Holinshed, Grafton and Stow provide the reader with the opportunity to investigate the manner in which the dramatist has shaped the material. The editors argue for the play's stage-worthiness and dramatic complexity, suggesting that its range both of dramatic tone and social inclusiveness indicate the work of a dramatist of considerable skill and subtlety, equal or superior to the Shakespeare of the Henry VI plays.
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