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Philip Massinger


A. H. Cruickshank

Sometime Scholar and Fellow of New College, Oxford

Canon of Durham, and Professor of Greek and Classical Literature, in the University of Durham


Basil Blackwell, Broad Street



Dedication Preface Philip Massinger Appendix I. The Small Actor In Massinger's Plays Appendix II Appendix III. The Collaborated Plays Appendix IV. On The Influence Of Shakspere Appendix V. Warburton's List Appendix VI. A Metrical Peculiarity In Massinger Appendix VII. "Believe As You List" Appendix VIII. Collation Of Ms. Of "Believe As You List" Appendix IX. "The Parliament Of Love" Appendix X. The Authorship Of "The Virgin Martyr" Appendix XI. The Authorship Of "The Fatal Dowry" Appendix XII. The Tragedy Of "Sir John Van Olden Barnavelt" Appendix XIII. "The Second Maiden's Tragedy" Appendix XIV. "The Powerful Favorite" Appendix XV. "Double Falsehood" Appendix XVI. Middleton's "A Trick To Catch The Old One" Appendix XVII Appendix XVIII. Alliteration In Massinger Appendix XIX Appendix XX. Bibliography Index Footnotes


Inscribed To Frederic G. Kenyon In Memory Of A Friendship Of Forty Four Years

[Frontispiece: Philip Massinger]


In confessing that the war made me write a book I do not stand alone. Sensible as I am of its defects, I trust it will help to spread the knowledge of Massinger's works, and will invite others to deal on similar lines with the other dramatists of the great age. The design widened as it went on, and was then contracted. In the end I thought it wiser to confine myself to digesting the knowledge which I had of Massinger's text.

The Clarendon Press undertook to publish this book, but as, owing to war work, they could fix no date, I asked them to release me. There would be no occasion to mention this fact were it not that it was owing to the original arrangement that I received much valuable help and advice from Mr. Percy Simpson. Many other scholars and friends have kindly aided me in various matters, among whom I should like to mention: Mr. J. C. Bailey, Mr. P. James Bayfield (photographer to Dulwich College), Dr. A. C. Bradley, Mr. Robert Bridges, Mr. A. H. Bullen, Mr. A. K. Cook, Professor W. Macneile Dixon, Mr. H. H. E. Gaster, the Dean of Gloucester, Mr. E. Gosse, Sir W. H. Hadow, Archdeacon Hobhouse, Sir Sidney Lee, Mr. C. Leudesdorf, Dr. Falconer Madan, Mr. A. W. Pollard, Dr. P. G. Smyly, the Master of University College, Durham, Sir A. Ward, and Sir George F. Warner. Last, but not least, I thank my wife for her skilful and ready help with the proofs.

A. H. Cruickshank.


It is interesting to revise the literary judgments of youth; it is pleasant to find them confirmed by a more mature judgment. This train of thought has led me to read Massinger once more; and as I read, the desire arose to treat his works, to the best of my ability, with the attention to detail which modern scholarship requires. A great amount of valuable work has been done in the last fifty years on the writers of the Elizabethan and Jacobean ages; but no one, perhaps with the exception of Boyle, has applied to Massinger the care which Shakspere, Marlowe, and Ben Jonson, to name no others, have secured. There is no reason why any of our great dramatists should be treated with less respect than those of Greece and Rome, of France and Germany.

The first thing to be done was to facilitate references by numbering the lines of Massinger's plays;(1) the next was to investigate once more the facts of his life, and to correlate them with the period in which he lived; the third was to read typical plays of the period, so as to arrive at a just estimate of our author.

His life will not detain us long... Continue reading book >>

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