By Barbara Ravelhofer
James Shirley used to be the final nice dramatist of the English Renaissance, shining out between different luminaries similar to John Ford, Ben Jonson, or Richard Brome.
This assortment considers Shirley in the tradition of his time, and highlights his contribution to seventeenth-century English literature as poet and playwright. person essays discover Shirley’s musical theatre and spoken verse, functionality stipulations, lady organization and politics, and the presentation of his paintings in manuscript and print. jointly, the essays gather a bigger photo of Caroline drama, exhibiting it to be greater than easily a nostalgic endgame, its poets daintily sipping hemlock at the eve of the Civil Wars.
Shirley’s literary versatility and lengthy lifestyles, spanning the final days of Queen Elizabeth I to the ascension of Charles II, make him an excellent author via whom to envision the targeted characteristics of Caroline theatre.
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