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The Spanish tragedy

Kyd, Thomas, 1558-15942009
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'The Spanish Tragedy' is the best known play by Thomas Kyd, one of Shakespeare's chief predecessors and early contemporaries. It brings to life intrigues of the Spanish court, vividly juxtaposing romantic passion, sudden death and clandestine politics. The first fully-fledged example of a revenge tragedy, the genrethat became so influential in later Elizabethan and Jacobean drama, TheSpanish Tragedy (1589) occupies a very special place in the history ofEnglish Renaissance drama. Hieronimo, Knight-Marshal of Spain duringits war with Portugal, fails to obtain justice when his son is murderedfor courting Bel-Imperia, the Duke of Castile's daughter, and decidesto take justice into his own hands. This new student edition has been freshly revised by ProfessorAndrew Gurr to incorporate the latest stage history and criticalinterpretations of the play. It also appends the scenes that were addedin 1602, discusses Elizabethan attitudes to revenge, the Senecanfeatures of the play and the significance of the Anglo-Spanish conflictin the 1580s.
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The Spanish tragedy / Thomas Kyd.
Rev. ed. / edited by Andrew Gurr, J.R. Mulryne.
London : Methuen Drama, 2009.
1 v.
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Previous ed.: 1989.Includes bibliographical references.
9781408114216 (pbk)
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