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Antonio's Revenge: John Marston
by John Marston
This edition seeks to evaluate Antonio's Revenge not merely as a literary text but as a drama for a particular company, in a specific theatre. The scholarly introduction explores the high degree of originality in Marston's dramatic techniques and establishes him as a leading innovator in both the language and the dramaturgy of his day. Ostensibly the second part of Antonio ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published September 11th 1999 by Manchester University Press
(first published 1965)
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I can't figure out why people hate this play. I think the mistake some of them make is in taking it too seriously. Antonio's Revenge is essentially a spoof of the whole revenge tragedy genre, written when there was an ideological war-by-satire going on between the adult playhouses and the children's companies, and if you can read it with that in mind it feels less like schlock horror and more like an absolutely brilliant piece of black comedy.
John Marston was an English poet, playwright and satirist during the late Elizabethan and Jacobean periods. His career as a writer lasted a decade, and his work is remembered for its energetic and often obscure style, its contributions to the development of a distinctively Jacobean style in poetry, and its idiosyncratic vocabulary.More about John Marston...