Originaly published in 1991, this volume contains the full text of Richard Brathwait's 'Whimzies,' alongside textual notes including chapters on the character as a literary genre, the overburian characters and an annotation of the text.
Foreword. General Information. 1. The Character as a Literary Genre. 2. Joseph Hall's Characters of Vertues and Vices. 3. The Overburian Characters. 4. The Earlier Character-Writers: Breton, Stephens, and Mynshul. 5. John Earle's Micro-Cosmographie (1628). 6. Brathwait and the Character-Writers of the Early 1630s. 7. The Character of Argument. 8. The Last Phase. Richard Brathwait's Whimzies: Or, A New Cast of Characters (1631). 1. Introduction to the Text. 2. Text of Whimzies: Or, A New Cast of Characters (1631). 3. Annotation of the Text. 4. List of Textual Changes.
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