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Thomas Middleton (1580-1627) was one of the most prolific and fascinating playwrights of the Jacobean era, producing nearly fifty theatrical pieces in a quarter of a century. This collection comprises five of his most powerful plays, from the comedies satirizing city life, A Trick to Catch the Old One, and A Chaste Maid in Cheapside, to his later tragedies Women Beware Wom ...more
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Published June 30th 1988 by Penguin Classics
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Wendy
Sep 08, 2007 Wendy rated it really liked it
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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
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Mar 23, 2015 Bryn Hammond rated it it was amazing
I never read the two comedies, but wallowed in these three tragedies of dark psychology.
The Revenger's Tragedy ridiculously bloody; The Changeling most potent.
Beatrice succumbs to De Flores:
This ominous ill-fac'd fellow more disturbs me
Than all my other passions.

Like a steamy version of Othello where Desdemona does the murder, debauched by Iago. With the subplot in a madhouse.
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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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