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The Plays of Cyril Tourneur By Edited by George Parfitt

The Plays of Cyril Tourneur
by Edited by George Parfitt

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The two plays which make up this volume are of different quality. While no one would claim that The Atheist's Tragedy is a masterpiece, it is an important play because in it the exhortation 'Vengeance is mine, saith the Lord' is acted upon with unusual consistency. The Revenger's Tragedy, on the other hand, is a masterpiece.
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The Plays of Cyril Tourneur: The Revenger's Tragedy, The Atheist's Tragedy by Edited by George Parfitt

The two plays which make up this volume are of different quality. While no one would claim that The Atheist's Tragedy is a masterpiece, it is an important play because in it the exhortation 'Vengeance is mine, saith the Lord' is acted upon with unusual consistency, and because stringent `puritan' moral attitudes are dramatised in the context of traditional revenge themes. The Revenger's Tragedy, on the other hand, is a masterpiece; a satirical tragedy with farce structure and poetic vision focused upon the vice and corruption of the imagined Italy of the Jacobean period. Its bleak view of humanity links the play with the strongly satirical theatre of the early seventeenth century, showing the dramatist's affinity with Jonson and Marston. Although The Atheist's Tragedy and The Revenger's Tragedy are commonly linked in readers' minds, there has 'been much disagreement since the end of the nineteenth century about the authorship of The Revenger's Tragedy. The issue is fully aired in the Introduction to the volume, the editor's view being that the play is best regarded as anonymous; however, the two plays, are printed together here to enable readers to compare them as discussions of the morality of revenge.

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Table of Contents


1. The Revengers Tragedy; 2. The Atheist's Tragedy.

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GOR002785744
The Plays of Cyril Tourneur: The Revenger's Tragedy, The Atheist's Tragedy by Edited by George Parfitt
Edited by George Parfitt
Plays by Renaissance and Restoration Dramatists
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Cambridge University Press
1978-05-25
220
0521292352
9780521292351
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