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Arden Shakespeare
19 November 2009
Plays & playscripts; Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800; Literary studies: plays & playwrights
Philaster is a tragicomedy by Beaumont and Fletcher which has much in common with Shakespeare's late plays such as The Winter's Tale. Set in a fictionalised Sicily, it has the complex plot of love, disguise and the threat of death much loved by early modern theatre-goers. This edition provides an authoritative, modernised text by a leading scholar with detailed on-page commentary notes giving readers a deeper understanding of the play. The comprehensive, illustrated introduction discusses Philaster from a performance perspective as well as its relation to Shakespearean drama, and places it in its historical and critical contexts. The play is often taught on Shakespeare and Early Modern drama courses but only now is such a detailed, modern edition available for use by students and scholars. With its wealth of helpful and incisive commentary, this is the finest edition of the play available. The Arden Early Modern Drama series accompanies and complements the Arden Shakespeare Third Series, offering editions of non-Shakespearean Renaissance drama and Restoration drama from the period 1500-1700. Modelled on the Third Series in appearance and style Arden Early Modern Drama editions will offer high-quality textual scholarship and full annotation, together with an accessible, student-friendly introduction.
By:   Francis Beaumont, John Fletcher
Edited by:   Suzanne Gossett
Imprint:   Arden Shakespeare
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 199mm,  Width: 135mm,  Spine: 2mm
Weight:   381g
ISBN:   9781904271734
ISBN 10:   1904271731
Series:   Arden Early Modern Drama
Pages:   340
Publication Date:   19 November 2009
Audience:   College/higher education ,  College/higher education ,  Primary ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Suzanne Gossett is Professor of English at Loyola University, Chicago and a General Editor of the Arden Early Modern Drama series.

Reviews for Philaster

'Beaumont and Fletcher's Philaster has been the revelation of the series so far - an immensely rich and enjoyable collaborative drama from 1609.' (October 2009) '...textual discussions are hard to come by elsewhere, with most current scholarly work on the oeuvres and texts of Shakespeare's contemporaries taking place in journals and expensive monographs. To have it all in a series of affordable and accessible volumes is a great thing indeed.' Shakespeare Bookshop Newsletter (December 2009)

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