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Taken together the essays reveal a remarkable range of reference and depth of insight, together with an increasing emphasis on historical and social contexts.
Anne Barton's essays on Shakespeare and his contemporaries are characterized by their combination of intelligence, humanity and elegance.
It was followed by a series of other editions, all of them associated with the Tonsons, each fiercely critical of its predecessor: Pope’s in 1723, Theobald’s (1733), Warburton’s (1747), Dr. The Restoration practice of theatrical adaptation had involved Dryden, as well as a number of lesser talents, in the careful reworking of several Shakespeare plays.
When, in the eighteenth century, Pope and Johnson also immersed themselves, this time as editors, in the minutiae of his texts, Shakespeare became an important influence upon their own work, as he had been on Dryden’s.When the theaters reopened, after a hiatus of eighteen years, Beaumont and Fletcher and Jonson himself overshadowed their older contemporary, both for readers and on the stage.Most of those plays by Shakespeare that were still performed required drastic adaptation to render them acceptable to contemporary taste.The collection is representative of the startling breadth of Barton's scholarship: ranging across plays by Shakespeare (including Titus Andronicus, As You Like It, Macbeth, The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Timon of Athens) and his contemporaries (including Jonson, Dekker, Lyly, Massinger and Greene), it also considers court pageants, treatises on forestry and chronicle history.Barton's incisive literary analysis characteristically pays careful attention to the practicalities of performance, and is supplemented by numerous illustrations and a bibliographical essay exploring recent scholarship in the field.Feedback: Feedback is left for buyers after purchase has been completed.Should our services meet your satisfaction, your feedback would be greatly appreciated.In Reinventing Shakespeare, Gary Taylor argues that Shakespeare owed the recovery (and, ultimately, the enormous magnification) of his sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century reputation primarily to the London publishing house of Jacob Tonson and his heirs.In 1709, Tonson brought out Nicholas Rowe’s complete edition of the plays.Our e Bay Store Terms Stock Photos: The photos displayed within our listings are Stock Photos provided by e Bay and the publisher as a visual aid.They are not actual photos of the physical item for sale and should not be relied upon as a basis for edition or condition.