Books Should Be Free
Loyal Books
Free Public Domain Audiobooks & eBook Downloads
Search by: Title, Author or Keyword

Ram Alley, or Merry Tricks by Lording Barry

Book cover
By: (1580-1629)

Ram Alley, or Merry Tricks by Lording Barry is a delightful and witty play that takes the reader on a journey through the scandalous happenings of 17th century London. The characters are vivid and engaging, with each one bringing their own unique personality to the story. The plot is full of twists and turns, keeping the reader on their toes until the very end.

Lording Barry does an excellent job of capturing the essence of the time period, with detailed descriptions of the bustling streets and colorful personalities that populate them. The dialogue is sharp and funny, adding to the overall lighthearted tone of the play.

Overall, Ram Alley, or Merry Tricks is a fun and entertaining read that is sure to delight fans of historical fiction and comedy. Lording Barry's clever writing and engaging characters make this play a must-read for anyone looking for a light-hearted romp through the streets of old London.

Book Description:
Ram Alley, or Merry Tricks, is a bawdy comedy by Lording Barry, a contemporary of Shakespeare. The production bankrupted Barry, landed him in debtor's jail, and set him off on a life of piracy. The action of Ram Alley takes place in a disreputable London lane where lawyers, lords, and ladies rub shoulders with prostitutes and vagabonds. One 19th century editor complained that it was "full of gross passages, allusions, and innuendoes," but more recent commentators have seen past the risque gags and recognised the play's wit, complexity, and intelligence. Ram Alley has only been revived three times since 1611, but recently came close to topping a poll of academics to find the best 'forgotten' play by an Elizabethan/Jacobean dramatist.

Stream audiobook and download chapters

Review this book

Popular Genres
More Genres
Paid Books