Beaumont; The Dramatist a Portrait

Beaumont; The Dramatist a Portrait

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1914 edition. Excerpt: ...marriage; and if we can swallow the stage-fiction of Fletcher's "maid Joan" in Bury-Fair (see page 96 above), whole and as something digestible. CHAPTER XVI These are Collier's cullings from the Registers: 1612. Nov. 3. John Fletcher and Jone Herring were married. Reg. of St. Saviour's, Southwark. John, the son of John Fletcher and of Joan his wife was baptized 25 Feb., 1619. Reg. of St. Bartholomew the Great. If this is our John Fletcher, his marriage would have been about the same time as Beaumont's, and he may have later taken up his residence in the parish of St. Bartholomew the Great, on the north side of the river, not far from Southwark. If Fletcher was married in 1612, we may be very sure that his wife was not a person of distinction. His verses Upon an Honest Man's Fortune, written the next year, give us the impression either that he is not married and not likely to be, or that he has married one of low estate and breeding, has concluded that the matrimonial game is not worth the candle, and rather defiantly has turned to a better mistress than mortal, who can compensate him for that which through love he has not attained, " Were I in love," he declares, --1Dyce, B. and F., I, lxxiii. Were I in love, and could that bright Star bring Increase to Wealth, Honour, and everything: Were she as perfect good, as we can aim, The first was so, and yet she lost the Game. My Mistriss then be Knowledge and fair Truth; So I enjoy all beauty and all youth. We may be sure that when Fletcher wrote this poem he had known poverty, sickness, and affliction, but not a consolation in wedded happiness: Love's but an exhalation to best eyes; The matter spent, and then the fool's fire dies. Since many of Collier's "earnests" turn out...show more

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  • Paperback | 116 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 222g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236533992
  • 9781236533999