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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Methuen Drama; 3rd New edition edition (30 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071367766X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713677669
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
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'A farce of terribly serious, even savage comic humour' T.S Eliot The Jew of Malta was arguably the most popular play of theElizabethan era. There is no known source for Marlowe's play, but itmakes copious allusions to the famous Turkish seize of Christian Maltain 1565 that forms the international setting for the main character,Barabas. It greatly influenced Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice withits exploration of anti-semitism and revenge. A drama of half-swallowedasides, grotesquely hypocritical rhetoric, hyperbolic violence, ofpervasive, cynical economic motivation and of religious and ethnicresentments, it is a potent reflection of the socio-economic forces atplay in Elizabethan London, and of attitudes and tensions stillidentifiable four hundred years later. This new student edition has been freshly revised to incorporate thelatest stage history and critical interpretations of the play.

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The editor, James R Siemon is Professor of English Literature at Boston University.

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