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The Spanish Tragedy (Revels Student Editions) [Student Edition] [Paperback]

Thomas Kyd , David Bevington
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9 May 1996 Revels Student Editions (Book 1)
The "revenge" play became the most durable and commercially successful type of drama on the Elizabethan stage. This example by Thomas Kyd, who was one of the originators of the genre, brings to life the intrigues of the Spanish court, dramatically juxtaposing romantic passion with sudden violent death and clandestine politics. The ghost of Dan Andrea and his guide Revenge observe the dark and bloody action throughout, provoking questions about the nature of the human condition.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press; New edition edition (9 May 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0719043441
  • ISBN-13: 978-0719043444
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Erne's chapter on The First Part of Hieronimo is undoubtedly the most original ... but throughout there are fresh insights, the product of close and intelligent reading of the texts, and the shrewd interpretation of evidence. Erne ... has made an excellent case for going, as his title proclaims "Beyond the Spanish Tragedy," to set Kyd's achievement in a wider context."--David Gunby, "Modern Language Review""I hope this excellent monograph, full of fresh research and convincing new arguments, will prompt someone to invite Erne to edit Kyd in order to replace Boas's edition, still the standard in its centenary year."--Paul Dean, "English Studies""[Erne's] picture of a playwright preoccupied with the themes of grief and loss radiating outwards from the dramatic epicentre of "The Spanish Tragedy", is appealing."--Emma Smith, "The Times Literary Supplement"

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended 16 Nov 2009
Interesting play, this one here is a correct edition with a short introduction and additional passages at the end. The footnotes are ok. Recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Alright but not an uber classic, yeah? 2 April 2007
I read this because I heard that it was a pretty influencial book in terms of the great tragedies that were written after it by the likes of Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe. This is no where near as good as anything either of those two produced though.

The plot is this: Horatio is murdered by Lorenzo and Prince Balthazar so that Balthazar is clear to marry the woman that Horacio loves, Bel-Imperia. Hieronimo, father of Horatio is understandably upset at these events, and swears revenge upon the two murderers. This he eventually achieves, and in the age old tragic tradition almost every character ends up dead by the final scene.

The plot is decent enough, but for me it's all rather crude. With the exception of Hieronimo, none of the characters are really developed, and the language seems rather flat and even clumsy at times. If you read this and then any Shakespeare it would make you appreciate just how beautiful the poetry of Shakespeares writing is, and also how life like his characters are when compared to those of Kyd.

All in all I can't strongly recommend this to you, it's alright and it's entertaining enough, you probably wont hate it, but there are lot better plays from the time you can be reading, like King Lear or Dr Faustus, this is average, nothing more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I expected 14 Mar 2011
This book came in perfect condition. No folded pages, no scratches on the front cover of the book. It was nice to just get a book just as described, rather than a used book which is being passed for a new one!
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