Edited and with an Introduction by Frank Kermode
A Woman Killed with Kindness by Thomas Heywood
Volpone by Ben Jonson
The Revenger’s Tragedy by Cyril Tourneur
The Maid’s Tragedy by John Fletcher and Francis Beaumont
A Chaste Maid in Cheapside by Thomas Middleton
The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster
The Changeling by Thomas Middleton and William Rowley
The lyrical, bloodthirsty tragedies and witty urban comedies in this original collection were first performed during the reign of King James I (1603—25). Though nearly four centuries old, they display surprisingly modern sensibilities regarding sex, violence, morality, and honor. Brilliantly introduced and annotated by Frank Kermode, these seven Jacobean masterpieces are the finest and most representative plays of a time when drama was the most vital and important mirror of English society.
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The Duchess of Malfi
A Woman Killed
MISTRESS ANNE FRANKFORD, his wife
SIR FRANCIS ACTON, her brother
SIR CHARLES MOUNTFORD
MASTER WENDOLL, befriended by Frankford
MASTER CRANWELL, an old gentleman
Other serving-men and women
FALCONER and Huntsmen
SUSAN, sister to Sir Charles Mountford
SHERIFF, Officers, KEEPER, SHAFTON
OLD MOUNTFORD, uncle
SANDY, former friend
RODER, former tenant
Serving-woman and ANNE's two little children
I come but like a harbinger,1 being sent
To tell you what these preparations mean.
Look for no glorious state; our Muse is bent
Upon a barren subject, a bare scene.
We could afford this twig a timber-tree,
Whose strength might boldly on your favors build;
Our russet, tissue; drone, a honey-bee;
Our barren plot, a large and spacious field;
Our coarse fare, banquets; our thin water, wine;
Our brook, a sea; our bat's eyes, eagle's sight;
Our poet's dull and earthly Muse, divine;
Our ravens, doves; our crow's black feathers, white.
But gentle thoughts, when they may give the foil,
Save them that yield, and spare where they may spoil
1. The officer who goes ahead of the court to arrange for its entertainment.