Rival Playwrights

Marlowe, Jonson, Shakespeare


In a provocative study of the influence of Christopher Marlowe, Ben Jonson, and William Shakespeare on each other's plays, poems and legacies, James Shapiro considers the parodic recollections that reveal these rivalries, illuminating the complex ways in which their mutual influence made its presence and pressure felt. Sensitive to psychological dynamics as well as to the historical and commercial factors that shaped this literary triangle, Shapiro offers three extended and compelling case studies in influence. An introductory chapter addresses the conditions governing imitation in the Elizabethan theatre and examines the imitative strategies adopted by such poets as George Chapman, Sir Walter Raleigh, and John Donne when confronting Marlowe's powerful legacy. The three central chapters that follow - 'Marlowe and Jonson', 'Shakespeare and Marlowe', and 'Jonson and Shakespeare' - challenge (while trying to account for) the ways in which the careers of these writers have been constructed by each other and by subsequent poets and scholars. How original and how 'gentle' was Shakespeare? Was Jonson really heir to a classical tradition?


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ISBN: 9780231075404
Datum uitgifte: 1991

Dit artikel werd toegevoegd op Sunday 28 January, 2007.

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