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Stages of Power: Marlowe and Shakespeare, 1592 (Reacting to the Past(tm))

Stages of Power: Marlowe and Shakespeare, 1592 (Reacting to the Past(tm))

Current price: $30.00
Publication Date: December 1st, 2016
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
ISBN:
9781469631448
Pages:
86
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Description

It is October 1592. Christopher Marlowe, the most accomplished playwright in London, has written The Massacre at Paris for his company, the Lord Admiral's Men. Bubonic plague has hit outlying parishes, forcing theaters to close and postponing the season. Ordinarily, the Rose Theatre would debut Marlowe's work, but its subject--the St. Bartholomew Day's Massacre--is unpleasant and might inflame hostilities against Catholics and their sympathizers, such as merchants on whom trade depends. A new company, the Lord Strange's Men, boasts a young writer, William Shakespeare, who is said to have several barnburners in the queue. A competition is called to decide which company will reopen the theaters. Who will most effectively represent the nation's ideals and energies, its humor and grandeur? One troupe will gain supremacy, primarily for literary but also for cultural, religious, and political reasons.

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About the Author

Eric S. Mallin is professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin. Paul V. Sullivan is lecturer of English at the University of Texas at Austin.