A remarkable resurgence of interest has taken place over recent years in a biographical approach to the work of early modern poets and dramatists, in particular to the plays and poems of Shakespeare, Marlowe and Jonson. The contributors to this volume approach the topic in a manner that is at once critically and historically alert. They acknowledge that the biographical evidence for all three authors is limited, thus throwing the emphasis acutely on interpretation. In addition to new scholarship, the essays are valuable for their awareness of the challenges posed by recent redirections of critical methodology. Scepticism and self-criticism are marked features of the writing gathered here.
Takashi Kozuka is Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance, University of Warwick, UK. J.R. Mulryne is Professor Emeritus at the University of Warwick, UK.
’... this is an extremely useful and varied collection of essays... succeeds in offering us a number of new perspectives on the authors it examines, and it should therefore be of interest to anyone working in the field of early modern drama.’ Renaissance Quarterly ’... an extensive and informative collection that will be of value to anyone with an interest in the world of the dramatist during the early modern period.’ Review of English