History of English Dramatic Poetry to the Time of Shakspeare and Annals of the Stage to the Restoration Volume 3

History of English Dramatic Poetry to the Time of Shakspeare and Annals of the Stage to the Restoration Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1831 edition. Excerpt: ... in 1598, might have set him the example in this respect. I say only that it might have set him the example, because, perhaps, the credit of first introducing them may be due to Brandon, whose drama was printed in the same year. In Chap--man's translation ', we find ' bright-footed Thetis, ' I have unwillingly refrained from giving some account of the dramatic works and poetical character of Chapman, because he clearly did not write for the stage until after Shakespeare had established his reputation. He probably did not attempt dramatic poetry until comparatively late in life, for the earliest notice of any piece by him is 1598; and, in 1605, he tells Sir Thomas Walsingham (in asounet prefixed to only a few copies of his All Fools, which, it has been shown, was written in 1599) that he was ' mark'd by age for aims of greater weight.' Having been born about 1557, he was some years senior to our great dramatist, and his family seems to have been respectably settled at Hitchin, Hertfordshire. One member of it, Thomas Chapman, in 1619 petitioned Prince Charles for the Bailiwick of Hitchin, which the petitioner had formerly possessed under the Exchequer Seal, but of which the Earl of Salisbury had deprived him; and, on the 30th of November of that year, the claim was referred to the Commissioners of the revenue of the Prince of Wales (Vide Harl. MSS. N0. 781). George Chapman, the poet, was a man of a fine, hightoned, vigorous mind, full of imagination, but wanting the lighter ornaments of fancy. Some of these graces he seems to have endeavoured to obtain from foreign sources, and of this there is remarkable proof in a beautiful passage of the comedy abovementioned--All Fools. Valerio says ' I...show more

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  • Paperback | 140 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 263g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1236832752
  • 9781236832757