ABSTRACT

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

Introduction

part |2 pages

Part One: Shakespeare

chapter 2|19 pages

Early Plays

chapter 3|22 pages

History and Comedy

chapter 4|30 pages

Tragedy

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

Jonson

chapter 8|12 pages

Middleton

chapter 9|14 pages

Webster

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

Ford

chapter 14|25 pages

Caroline Drama