Ralph Royster Doyster; A Comedy, Entered on the Books of the Stationers' Company, 1566

Ralph Royster Doyster; A Comedy, Entered on the Books of the Stationers' Company, 1566

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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. 1821 edition. Excerpt: ...necessary to celebrate every instance of such wonderous acuteness, by a Note. A few only are pointed out, merely as specimens of the manner in which the author's meaning has been perverted, by carelessness or ignorance. For the several personages in this Play, little interest is excited. The heroine is a truly disgusting wretch. Langbaine asserts that the character was intended for a covert satire upon Joan, Queen of Naples; though I xiii believe he has "found in Homer what was never there," and imputed to Marston what he had not in his thoughts. Joan, 'tis true, married four husbands, and Isabella, it will be seen, has one husband and three paramours; but there the resemblance, such as it is, completely ends. Joan, with all her vices, was a woman of talent; whilst Isabella is a mere " remorseless, treacherous, lecherous, kindless" wanton, who spends her life in the commissiou of every crime, and terminates her career upon the scaffold, quibbling and cursing, an object of contempt and detestation. The remaining characters are too weakly sketched, for us to feel much interest about them. Claridiana and Mizaldus are a couple of pitiful fools, and their wives scarcely better than two strumpets. The indecency which pervades the comic portions of the dialogue, does Marston little honour, and forms a curious commentary upon that part of the Dedication prefixed to his Six Plays published in 1633, wherein the purity of his writings is commended. The reader will scarcely be surprised that few remarks have been wasted upon such disgusting ribaldry. It is asserted in the "Biographia Dramatica," that Mr. Kemble possesses a copy of "The Insatiate Countess," having in the title-page the name of one William Barksted as...show more

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  • Paperback | 54 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 113g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236499611
  • 9781236499615