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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Nick Hern Books; New edition edition (19 Dec. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854597140
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854597144
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.8 x 15.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 450,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The adaptations made by Sahlins are invisible to anyone who is not intimately familiar with the text. Library Journal --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Bernard Sahlins is co-editor, with Nicholas Rudall, of the Plays for Performance series. He has also written Days and Nights at The Second City. The Plays for Performance series is edited by Nicholas Rudall, former artistic director of the Court Theatre at the University of Chicago where he is professor of classics, and Bernard Sahlins, founder and director of the Second City. They both live in Chicago, Illinois. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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By Jon Chambers TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Jan. 2015
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Watching this play at The Swan in Stratford recently (December, 2014), I overheard a woman comment to her husband during the interval, 'I'm enjoying it, but I'm not overwhelmed.' Exactly. Compared to many Elizabethan and Jacobean plays, this one is thin on wit, poetry and excitement. So what kind of job does Gil Harris make of it in his 2006 edition?

Gil Harris writes knowledgeably and cogently in his illuminating introduction. He tells us that one of the main attractions of the play for Dekker's contemporary audience would have been the 'high-end' costuming on display. A section of the original Elizabethan audience was aspirational, apparently, and the conspicuous display of luxurious fabrics and high-quality shoes would have appealed to their ambition fantasies. They would also have been drawn to the story it tells of a humble shoemaker gaining wealth and status - Simon Eyre ends the play as Lord Mayor of London. (And the allure of sumputous costumes explains why impresario Phillip Henslowe very often spent more on apparel than he did on the actual playscripts.) In its discussion of sources, this edition reprints a chapter from the prose narrative by Thomas Deloney upon which Dekker based his drama, which allows us to see how and why the dramatist selected his material.

Despite the fact that this New Mermaid is considerably more recent than its main rival - in the Revels series, edited by Wells and Smallwood, 1979 - it by no means supersedes the earlier edition, which has a fuller commentary and an extremely thorough introduction. And whilst the later alternative understandably has a more up-to-date Performance History, there haven't been all that many recent productions of the play. Even reading this enlightened edition, it's not difficult to see why.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By London Showtunes on 5 Aug. 2014
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Illegible, scanned edition. Not just a few typos, but a complete disaster.
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A rather poor product seemingly scanned electronically from an "ancient text" and transferred to modern print. Its columnar structure is an additonal factor in making it hard to read.
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