1st Edition

The Plays and Poems of Nicholas Rowe, Volume II The Middle Period Plays

Edited By Michael Caines Copyright 2017

    Nicholas Rowe was the first Poet Laureate of the Georgian era. A fascinating and important yet largely overlooked figure in eighteenth-century literature, he is the ‘lost Augustan’. His plays are important both for the way they address the political and social concerns of the day and for reflecting a period in which the theatre was in crisis. This edition sets out to demonstrate Rowe’s mastery of the early eighteenth century theatre, especially his providing significant roles for women, and examines the political and historical stances of his plays. It also highlights his work as a translator, which was both innovative and deeply in tune with current practices as exemplified by John Dryden and Alexander Pope. This is the first scholarly edition of all Rowe’s plays and poems and is accompanied by 15 musical scores and 31 black and white illustrations.

    In this second volume the middle plays, The Biter, Ulysses, and The Royal Convert are presented, along with a newly written explanatory introduction by Michael Caines which precedes the full edited text. Appendices covering dedications, prologues and epilogues, performance history, the related music and textual apparatus are also included. A consolidated bibliography is included with the final volume for ease of reference.

    Introduction to The Biter, Ulysses, and The Royal Convert by Michael Caines

    Publication history and textual note to The Biter, Ulysses, and The Royal Convert by Michael Caines

    The Biter edited by Michael Caines

    Ulysses edited by Michael Caines

    The Royal Convert edited by Michael Caines

    Appendix A: the performance history of the middle period plays by Michael Caines

    Appendix B: music to The Biter by Joe Lockwood

    Textual apparatus of the middle period plays by Michael Caines


    Michael Caines

    "[T]he quality of the editorial work is uniformly excellent. The edition also includes a range of appendices containing a wealth of supplementary material including performance listings, prologues and epilogues, and, notably, all extant vocal music for Rowe’s dramas. The scores, beautifully edited by Joe Lockwood, are a significant contribution to our understanding of Rowe’s plays as the importance of music in Restoration and early eighteenth-century drama is often overlooked."

    "...the very real contribution of this edition… illuminates Rowe’s literary career and, for the first time, establishes a scholarly text of his works."

    - Jean L. Marsden, Review of English Studies

    "Rowe has been overlooked, and it has been impossible to find modern editions of the lesser-known plays. These volumes redress this lack and will surely inspire and enable further investigation into the plays and their powerful mixture of sex, sentiment, and politics." - Jessica Munns, University of Denver