Philaster: Or, Love Lies A-Bleeding by Beaumont and Fletcher

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Manchester University Press, 2003 - 142 pages
Written in 1609 for Shakespeare's company, Philaster is one of the most ambitious works of literary collaboration ever attempted. Whereas only the lowest potboiling third of the dramatic repertory of the time was produced by multiple authorship, this hybrid drama by a pair of young dramatists was also a new type of tragicomedy. Its success led the play to be performed for over thirty years and made Beaumont and Fletcher the only authors besides Shakespeare and Jonson to be granted the accolade of a posthumous collection of their plays in Folio. Andrew Gurr's substantial commentary and notes have never been surpassed since the first publication of the edition and joins the list of over thirty plays currently published in The Revels Plays.

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Contents

GENERAL EDITORS PREFACE
v
PREFACE
xi
ABBREVIATIONS
xiii
CHRONOLOGY
xvii
INTRODUCTION
xix
The Date
xxvi
Sources
xxix
The Blackfriars and the Kings Men
xxxv
The Political Concerns
li
The Play
lix
Stage History
lxxi
The Text
lxxiv
Philaster
1
The Variant Sections of QI
123
Lineation
132
INDEX TO ANNOTATIONS
137

Cymbeline and Philaster
xlv

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Andrew Gurr is Professor of English at the University of Reading and Director of Globe Research at the Globe Theatre.

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