The most important period in the history of English drama is revealed in Alexander Leggatt's challenging account. The author considers English drama from the beginning of Shakespeare's career to the restoration of Charles II. Focusing on Shakespeare and the development of his art, he examines all his major contemporaries: Jonson, Middleton, Webster, Beaumont, Fletcher and Ford. He combines close analysis of specific plays with a broader look at trends within drama.

chapter 1|12 pages


part |2 pages

Part One: Shakespeare

chapter 2|19 pages

Early Plays

chapter 3|22 pages

History and Comedy

chapter 4|30 pages


chapter 5|13 pages

Later Comedies

part |2 pages

Part Two: Early Jacobean Drama

chapter 6|24 pages

The Early Jacobeans

chapter 7|16 pages


chapter 8|12 pages


chapter 9|14 pages


chapter 10|20 pages

Popular Drama

part |2 pages

Part Three: Later Jacobean and Caroline Drama

chapter 11|25 pages

Fletcher and Company

chapter 12|12 pages

Middleton, Rowley and Company

chapter 13|11 pages


chapter 14|25 pages

Caroline Drama