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Francis Beaumont: Dramatist With Some Account of His Circle, Elizabethan and Jacobean, and of His Association with John Fletcher   By: (1858-1932)

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PORTRAIT OF FRANCIS BEAUMONT From the original painting at Knole Park]

FRANCIS BEAUMONT: DRAMATIST

A Portrait

With Some Account of His Circle, Elizabethan and Jacobean, and of His Association with John Fletcher

by

CHARLES MILLS GAYLEY, LITT.D., LL.D. Professor of the English Language and Literature in the University of California

[Illustration: DESORMAIS]

London Duckworth & Co. 3 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden 1914

Copyright, 1914, by The Century Co.

Published, February, 1914

TO MY WIFE

PREFACE

In this period of resurgent dramatic creativity when once more the literature of the stage enthralls the public and commands the publisher, it is but natural that playwright, play lover, and scholar alike should turn with renewed and enlightened interest to the models afforded by our Elizabethan masters of the age of gold, to the circumstances of their production and the lives of their imperishable authors. Very close to Shakespeare stood Beaumont and Fletcher; but, though during the past three centuries books about Shakespeare have been as legion and studies of the "twin literary heroes" have run into the hundreds, to Fletcher as an individual but one book has been devoted, and to Beaumont but one.

A portrait of either Beaumont or Fletcher demands indeed as its counterpart, painted by the same brush and with alternating strokes, a portrait of his literary partner and friend. But in spirit and in favour the twain are distinct. In this book I have tried to present the poetic and compelling personality of Francis Beaumont not only as conjoined with, and distinguished from, the personality of Fletcher, but as seen against the background of historic antecedents and family connections and as tinged by the atmosphere of contemporary life, of social, literary, and theatrical environment. No doubt the picture has its imperfections, but the criticism of those who know will assist one whose only desire is to do Beaumont justice.

I take pleasure in expressing my indebtedness to the authorities of the Bodleian Library and the British Museum, to those of the National Portrait Gallery (especially Mr. J. D. Milner), to our own Librarian of the University of California, Mr. J. C. Rowell, for unfailing courtesy during the years in which this volume has been in preparation; to Mr. J. C. Schwab, Librarian of Yale University, for the loan of rare and indispensable sources of information, and to my colleague, Professor Rudolph Schevill, for reading proof sheets and giving me many a scholarly suggestion. I deplore my inability to include among the illustrations carefully made by Emery Walker, of 16 Clifford's Inn, a copy of the portrait of Beaumont's friend, Elizabeth, Countess of Rutland, which hangs at Penshurst. On account of the recent attempt to destroy by fire that time honored repository of heirlooms as precious to the realm as to the family of Sidney, the Lord de L'Isle and Dudley has found it necessary to close his house to the public.

CHARLES MILLS GAYLEY.

Berkeley, California, December 15, 1913.

CONTENTS

PART ONE

BEAUMONT'S LIFE, HIS ACQUAINTANCES, AND HIS CAREER AS POET AND DRAMATIST

CHAPTER PAGE

I THE CASTOR AND POLLUX OF ELIZABETHAN DRAMA 3

II BEAUMONT'S FAMILY; HIS EARLY YEARS: GRACE DIEU, OXFORD 10

III AT THE INNS OF COURT AND CHANCERY; THE POEMS ASSIGNED TO THESE EARLIER YEARS 29

IV THE VAUX COUSINS AND THE GUNPOWDER PLOT 46

V FLETCHER'S FAMILY, AND HIS YOUTH 62

VI SOME EARLY PLAYS OF BEAUMONT AND OF FLETCHER 72

VII THE "BANKE SIDE" AND THE PERIOD OF THE PARTNERSHIP 95

VIII RELATIONS WITH SHAKESPEARE, JONSON, AND OTHERS IN THE THEATRICAL WORLD ... Continue reading book >>




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