• A Game at Chess

    A Game at Chess (Revels Plays) (Hardback) By (author) Thomas Middleton, Volume editor T. H. Howard-Hill


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    DescriptionFor many years Middleton's "A Game at Chess" was more notorious than read, considered rather a phenomenon of theatrical history than a pre-eminent piece of dramatic writing. "A Game at Chess" was a nine days' wonder, an exceptional play of King James' reign on account of its unprecedented representation of matters of state usually forbidden the stage. The King's Men performed the play uninterruptedly between 5th and 14th August, 1624 at their Globe Theatre, attracting large audiences, before the Privy Council closed the theatre by the King's command. More recently, growing interest in the connections of economics and politics with authorship have promoted readings that locate the play so firmly within its historical context as propaganda that, again, its worthwhile literary and theatrical qualities are neglected. In writing "A Game at Chess", Middleton employed the devices of the neoclassical comedy of intrigue within the matrix of the traditional oral play. What might have seemed old-fashioned allegory was rejuvenated by his adoption of the fashionable game of chess as the fiction within which the play was set. The product of Middleton's experienced craftsmanship is at once deceptively simple and surprisingly complex.

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    A Game at Chess
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Thomas Middleton, Volume editor T. H. Howard-Hill
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 100
    Width: 138 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 431 g
    ISBN 13: 9780719015465
    ISBN 10: 0719015464

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2AB
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DD, DSBD
    DC20: 822.3
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    BIC subject category V2: DSG
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T General Subject: 595
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 91
    BISAC V2.8: PER011020
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: DRA003000
    DC22: 822/.3
    LC classification: PR2714.G3
    B&T Approval Code: C25106028
    LC classification: PR2714 .G3 1993
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Illustrations note
    illustrations, references, glossarial index
    Imprint name
    Publication date
    01 August 1993
    Publication City/Country
    Table of contents
    Documentary foundations; the occasion of the play; composition, sources and revision; the play; the textual situation and the present text; "A Game at Chess".