The Routledge Anthology of Early Modern Drama is the first new collection of the drama of Shakespeare’s contemporaries in over a century.
This volume comprises seventeen accessible, thoroughly glossed, modernized play-texts, intermingling a wide range of unfamiliar works—including the anonymous Look About You, Massinger’s The Picture, Heminge’s The Fatal Contract, Heywood’s The Four Prentices of London, and Greene’s James IV—with more familiar works such as Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus, Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi, and Middleton’s Women Beware Women. Each play is edited by a different leading scholar in the field of early modern studies, bringing specific expertise and context to the chosen play-text.
With an unprecedented variety of plays, and critical introductions that focus on the diversity and strangeness of different early modern approaches to the artistic and commercial enterprise of play-making, The Routledge Anthology of Early Modern Drama will offer vital new perspectives on early modern drama for scholars, students, and performers alike.
General Introduction 1. Cambises, by Thomas Preston. Edited by James Siemon 2. Poetaster, by Ben Jonson. Edited by Henry Turner 3. The Fatal Contract, by William Heminge. Edited by Andrea Stevens 4. The Four Prentices of London, by Thomas Heywood. Edited by William N. West 5. Look About You, by Anonymous. Edited by Paul Menzer 6. The Famous Victories of Henry V, by Anonymous. Edited by Brian Walsh 7. The Picture, by Philip Massinger. Edited by Lucy Munro 8. The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus, by Christopher Marlowe. Edited by Peter Kirwan 9. The Scottish History of James the Fourth, by Robert Greene. Edited by Kirk Melnikoff 10. The Duchess of Malfi, by John Webster. Edited by Farah Karim-Cooper 11. Women Beware Women, by Thomas Middleton. Edited by Roberta Barker 12. The History of the Two Maids of More-clack, by Robert Armin. Edited by Richard Preiss 13. The Fair Maid of the Exchange, by Anonymous. Edited by Genevieve Love 14. Eastward Ho, by George Chapman, Ben Jonson, and John Marston. Edited by Katherine Schaap Williams 15. If This Be Not a Good Play, The Devil Is In It, by Thomas Dekker. Edited by David McInnis 16. The Sea Voyage, by John Fletcher and Philip Massinger. Edited by Claire M. L. Bourne 17. The Bird in a Cage, by John Shirley. Edited by Clare McManus Index