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ELIZABETHAN DRAMATISTS

EXCLUDING SHAKESPEARE

Selected Plays

BY

LYLY, PEELE, GREENE, MARLOWE, KYD, CHAPMAN, JONSON
DEKKER, MARSTON, HEYWOOD, BEAUMONT, FLETCHER

WEBSTER, MIDDLETON, MASSINGER, FORD, SHIRLEY

EDITED FROM THE ORIGINAL QUARTOS AND FOLIOS
WITH NOTES, BIOGRAPHIES, AND BIBLIOGRAPHIES

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BOSTON • NEW YORK CHICAGO · DALLAS · SAN FRANCISCO

The Riverside Press Cambridge

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fe plays in this volume has been twofold : first, to present f the most important of Shakespeare's contemporaries, so own writings, they might afford a view of the development gh its most brilliant period ; secondly, to present, as far as it ,e, the most distinguished plays of that period, regarded merely of their intrinsic value. It is clear that these two purposes could

y combined ; but it is hoped that each has been in good measure Adue sacrifice of the other, and that the interests of the academic stuAeral reader have been fairly harmonized. atment of the text, the same principles have been followed as in the editor's

Shakespeare's works in the Cambridge Poets Series. Each play has been printed the most authentic text accessible, and emendations have been adopted sparingly. Modern stage directions, and divisions into scenes and acts which do not appear in the original editions, have been distinguished by square brackets ; modern notes of place at the beginning of scenes have been relegated to the footnotes ; and indications given by the early copies of the authors' intentions with regard to the reading of the metre have been carefully preserved, especially in the matter of elided vowels. It is probable that, in the case of most of the present plays, the final -ed of verbs was intended to be pronounced as a separate syllable whenever it is spelled in full. The spelling and punctuation have been modernized throughout, except when the older spelling implied a different pronunciation.

The footnotes give the most important variant readings, and explanations of obsolete expressions ; and the Additional Notes at the end of the volume supply information 625 regard to the circumstances of publication, date, and sources of each play. In accord 6.50 with the plan of the Chief Poets Series, to which the volume belongs, there have con added concise biographical sketches and a selected bibliography of the dramatic w each author. In view of the full bibliographies printed recently in Professor Sol • 116 Elizabethan Drama and in The Cambridge History of English Literature, vols. V. • 741 has not seemed advisable to attempt to give exhaustive bibliographies at the e. 770 reducing the number of dramas. All collected editions of the dramatists conc. 800 however, mentioned ; all separate editions of the plays here printed ; a com . . 830 each author's dramas, with the dates of the original editions ; and a selection important critical and biographical articles and books. Attention may also b. . 855 complete index of all the dramatis personae who have speaking parts, and to . 861 songs.

In the selection of the thirty plays to be included I have received valuable adi 008 many friends and colleagues on the faculties of many colleges and universities ; 8o 115

nat a complete acknowledgment would be impracticable, a partial one invidious. For às. such help I am deeply grateful. I have also received courtesies from the authorities of

which have enabled number of the origina

Printing from so grea found it difficult to preserv. failed of accuracy. Any correu who use the volume will be warn.

CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS, Janua.

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