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Women Beware Women (New Mermaid Anthology)

Middleton, Thomas

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ISBN 10: 0510341616 / ISBN 13: 9780510341619
Published by Ernest Benn Ltd, 1968
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Title: Women Beware Women (New Mermaid Anthology)

Publisher: Ernest Benn Ltd

Publication Date: 1968

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

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One of the great Renaissance playwrights, Middleton wrote tragediesessentially different from either Marlowe's or Shakespeare's, beingwittier than the former and more grittily ironic than the latter. Thegenre of 'citizen tragedy' came into its own in the eighteenth century,but Middleton can claim to have created it: Bianca, wife of a middlingcommercial agent, arouses the lust of the Duke of Florence and becomeshis mistress, first secretly, then openly and finally, after herhusband has been seduced by the scheming Lady Livia and stabbed byLivia's brother, the Duke's wife. Livia plots her revenge, and the playends with a banquet and a masque that are a triumph of black farce.Middleton's powerful, psychologically complex female characters and hisclear-sighted analysis of misogyny are bound to impress today'saudiences, but it is the pervasive irony - cynicism, even - with whichhe dissects the motivations of both oppressor and victim that makes himso eerily modern.

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William C. Caroll is professor of English at Boston University. He has published widely in English Renaissance literature, including The Great Feast of Language in LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST (1976), The Metamorphoses of Shakespearean Comedy (1985), and Fat King, Lean Beggar: Representations of Poverty in the Age of Shakespeare (1996). He has also edited Thomas Middleton's play Women Beware Women (1994). He has held senior fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies and the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 1980 he was awarded the Metcalf Cup and Prize as the outstanding teacher at Boston University.

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