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The Spanish tragedy

Author: Thomas Kyd; Clara Calvo; Jesús Tronch
Publisher: London : Arden Shakespeare, 2013.
Series: Arden early modern drama; Arden early modern drama.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Drama : English : New ed.View all editions and formats
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"Thomas Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy is an outstanding landmark of Elizabethan tragedy. It probably inspired Shakespeare to write Hamlet, as it contains a ghost, murders that demand revenge, and a hero that hesitates and contemplates suicide. As a revenge tragedy, it set up the salient features of a dramatic genre that would last decades. Its hero, the aged marshal of Spain Hieronimo, soon became the archetypal stage  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Drama
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Kyd; Clara Calvo; Jesús Tronch
ISBN: 9781408129982 1408129981 9781904271604 190427160X
OCLC Number: 810948525
Description: xviii, 372 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Contents: Thomas Kyd --
'Bitter times and priuie boken passions' --
Industrious, sporting and famous Kyd --
Tragedy --
'English seneca by candlelight' --
Spectacles of death and tragedies naturally performed --
Self-fashioning and pitiful deaths: old Hieronimo --
"Hieronimo is mad again' --
The 'additions' --
History --
Crowns and heirs --
'Sweet Bel-imperia' --
Death --
Ghosts, gods and the underworld --
Revenge --
Objects, words and metatheatre --
Stage props and the symbolic meaning of material culture --
Language and rhetoric --
Dumb-shows and plays --
Performance history --
Early stage history and early modern afterlives --
Twentieth- and twenty-first-century performances --
Amateur productions --
Professional productions --
The text --
Publication --
The printing of Q1 and Q4 --
This edition --
Quarto paratext --
The Spanish tragedy.
Series Title: Arden early modern drama; Arden early modern drama.
Responsibility: Thomas Kyd.

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"Thomas Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy is an outstanding landmark of Elizabethan tragedy. It probably inspired Shakespeare to write Hamlet, as it contains a ghost, murders that demand revenge, and a hero that hesitates and contemplates suicide. As a revenge tragedy, it set up the salient features of a dramatic genre that would last decades. Its hero, the aged marshal of Spain Hieronimo, soon became the archetypal stage representation of grief, rhetorical passion and madness. Hieronomi's main antagonist, Lorenzo, is one of the first Machiavellian characters of English drama. This edition explores the play in relation to its historical context and contemporary Iberian dynastic policy. It also offers a fresh assessment of its stage history and presents for the first time an integrated text inviting a reading of the play as it was published both in 1592 and in 1602"--Back cover.

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The Spanish Tragedy has a long stage history which Calvo and Tronch summarize concisely [in this book]. Professional performances up to 2010 are documented, but amateur performances, often ignored by Read more...

 
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