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A Select Collection of Old English Plays, Volume 1   By: (1834-1913)

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William Carew Hazlitt's collection of old English plays provides a fascinating insight into the theatrical world of the past. The plays included in this volume are not only entertaining but also offer a valuable glimpse into the culture and society of the time. The language may be a bit challenging for modern readers, but the stories are timeless and captivating. Hazlitt's introduction adds depth and context to each play, enhancing the reader's understanding and appreciation. Overall, this collection is a must-read for anyone interested in the history of English literature and drama.

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A SELECT COLLECTION OF OLD ENGLISH PLAYS

VOL. I

FOURTH EDITION, NOW FIRST CHRONOLOGICALLY ARRANGED, REVISED AND ENLARGED WITH THE NOTES OF ALL THE COMMENTATORS, AND NEW NOTES

BY W. CAREW HAZLITT.

CONTENTS

Preface Interlude of the Four Elements Calisto and Melibaea Everyman: a Moral Play Hickscorner The Pardoner and the Friar The World and the Child (Mundus and Infans) God's Promises The Four P.P. A New Interlude, called Thersites Footnotes

PREFACE.

After the lapse of about half a century since the issue of the last edition of Dodsley's Select Collection of Old Plays ,[1] and the admittance of that work into the honourable rank of scarce and dear books, it seemed a desirable thing to attempt, with such additional improvements as might be practicable or expedient, a revival of a publication which has been a favourite with the lovers of our early drama since its first publication more than a hundred years ago. Between 1744, the date of its original appearance, and 1825, it passed through three editions; and it may be remarked that the tendency in each successive edition has been to remodel the undertaking on the principle of rejecting plays which from time to time have been lifted up (so to speak) into the collected works of their respective authors, and to substitute for them plays which have either suffered unmerited obscurity in original and rare editions, or have lain so far scattered about in various other collections; and in the present instance that principle has been strictly adhered to... Continue reading book >>


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