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This collection of plays shows Middleton experimenting with the classical genres of tragedy and comedy as he develops his own individual dramatic voice. In his early comedies, characterized by an almost Terentian delight in ingenious plotting, love and marriage are merely counters in an elaborate game. But the game is governed by greed, as is the whole world of The Revenge...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published October 4th 1988 by Penguin Classics
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Sep 08, 2007 Wendy rated it 4 of 5 stars
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How to describe Middleton? Like Shakespeare, only raunchier, more violent, and with more puns and double-entendres than you can shake a stick at. (No, really. The man can make a discussion of arithmetic bawdy.)

The two comedies in this book, "A Trick to Catch the Old One", and "A Chaste Maid in Cheapside" will amuse, and teach you twenty archaic words for "whore", but what will thrill you are Middleton's tragedies. "Women Beware Women" and "The Revenger's Tragedy" weave complex webs of intrigue a...more
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Thomas Middleton (1580 – 1627) was an English Jacobean playwright and poet. Middleton stands with John Fletcher and Ben Jonson as among the most successful and prolific of playwrights who wrote their best plays during the Jacobean period. He was one of the few Renaissance dramatists to achieve equal success in comedy and tragedy. Also a prolific writer of masques and pageants, he remains one of th...more
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