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A Woman Killed with Kindness

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New Mermaids are modernized and fully-annotated editions of classic English plays. Each volume includes:

The playtext, in modern spelling, edited to the highest bibliographical and textual standards
Textual notes recording significant changes to the copytext and variant readings
Glossing notes explaining obscure words and word-play
Critical, contextual and staging notes
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Published December 2nd 2005 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published December 1970)
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Rosianna
I read this for my Renaissance tragedy module and I imagine it can either be taken as promoting or satirising the role of women and marriage as commodity. Both Anne and Susan are fairly typical, passive renaissance women, with Anne's husband painted as infinitely kind and generous. The play itself moves quite quickly and is short, so it wouldn't take long to read or watch and for me at least it's strength lies jn its ambiguous morality--are we meant to take it seriously?
Collin
Dec 31, 2016 Collin rated it did not like it
Shelves: classics, drama
Urgh. A play about my least favorite plot ever, a woman being ritualistically stripped of her dignity and status after an incidence of practically forced infidelity. Awesome. Not to mention Sir Charles's truly HEINOUS plan to literally sell his sister into a one-night-stand in order to clear his own fricking debts - which he incurred by MURDERING TWO PEOPLE - and then being cool with Susan's plan to KILL HERSELF before she could actually sleep with Sir Francis.

Look, pardon my French, but this p
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Nicolas Shump
Jan 17, 2009 Nicolas Shump rated it really liked it
I read A Woman Killed with Kindness by Thomas Heywood in an anthology of plays, but what a tremendous work. I am definitely a romantic and somewhat of a sucker for works like this, but I could not put the play down.
It is a gorgeous play full of pathos with sublime poetry. It reminds me of Shakespeare's best work and of Alcestis by Euripides. The subtext with Sir Acton is okay, but I don't know that I buy the love at first sight scenario. This may be my 21st century bias showing.
However, the ma
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Feb 19, 2016 Roxanne rated it really liked it
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Feb 28, 2016 M.L. Rio rated it it was ok
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Sophie Cochin
Sep 15, 2011 Sophie Cochin rated it liked it
Shelves: uni
When Shakespeare meets Tennessee Williams. Heavy on the stomach but had a good time reading it.
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Matt
Jan 28, 2009 Matt rated it really liked it
Shelves: in-class
A strange play and an interesting window into life during the English Renaissance.
M. Pierce
Sep 06, 2013 M. Pierce rated it it was amazing
Better than Shakespeare at points. "O God, that it were possible / To undo things done, to call back yesterday..."
Jeremy
Feb 01, 2013 Jeremy rated it liked it
I did not read this edition. I read a copy from Fossen, The Revel Plays (Harvard UP, 1961).
John
Sep 24, 2011 John rated it really liked it
Surprisingly complex play. Lots of talk about the value of women, and of their bodies.
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Eight Famous Elizabethan Plays

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Alyssa Long
Feb 27, 2016 Alyssa Long rated it it was ok
Meh. Paired with Taming of the Shrew, but I don't buy the connection. I think it needs another act to come to fruition.
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