Life in Shakespeare's England: A Book of Elizabethan Prose

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Cosimo, Inc., 2008 M01 1 - 328 páginas
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British Shakespearean scholar JOHN DOVER WILSON (1881-1969) is best remembered for his explications of the Bard, particularly his acclaimed 1935 work What Happens in Hamlet. Here, however, he takes a rather more oblique approach to enlightening us to the world of Shakespeare, gathering together in this 1913 volume writings by contemporaries of the playwright's-some famous, some not-that illuminate the artistic society and ordinary life of Elizabethan England. Discover what the firsthand observers of the day thought about: [ English snobbery [ country sports [ festivals and revelry [ superstition, ghosts, and astrology [ parenting and children [ impressions of London [ the plague [ playhouses and bear-gardens [ the actor and his craft [ house and home [ rogues and vagabonds [ and much, much more
 

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ENGLAND AND THE ENGLISH I
1
THE COUNTRYSIDE
10
SUPERSTITION
29
Fairyland c
46
The GrammarSchool
52
The University
63
LONDON
75
First Impressions of London
84
Playhouses and Beargardens
160
The Audiencb
166
The Actor and his Craft
172
THE COURT
190
HOUSE AND HOME
208
ROGUES AND VAGABONDS
233
THE SEA
251
Conclusion AN ELIZABETHAN DAY
274

Disorders
92
The Plague
135
THE THEATRE
154
Glossary and Notes
283
Index of Authors
291
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