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The Spanish Tragedy by [Kyd, Thomas]
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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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The Spanish Tragedy is the best-known play by one of Shakespeare's chief predecessors and early contemporaries, Thomas Kyd. Kyd was undisputed master and virtually the originator of what came to be called the revenge play, a genre that became one of the most durable and commercially successful types of drama on the Elizabethan stage.

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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
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For those who are enraptured by Shakespeare's works, and cannot get enough of him, then I would suggest you turn to his Muse and master, Mr Thomas Kyd, the originator of the Revenge Tragedy in England. This play deals with all the best parts of revenge tragedies, from ghosts, bloody murders every other act, gory scene descriptions (the first scene is very eloquent on the subject of beheading, dismembering...)

In fact, the only thing to say, is if you are a fan of Shakespeare's 'Titus Andronicus' and 'Hamlet' then read this, as Shakes nicked at least one scene from this play and split it over the two (he didn't even bother to hide it when he 'borrowed' from Marlowe's 'Jew of Malta')

If you are new to Renaissance tragedy, and want something that will get your heart pumping, then this is for you. Either way, it is a must. You MUST read it!! :D x
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So often, these free versions of books aren't great. Sometimes they're almost unreadable. This one, however, is excellent. I've never read another version so I can't compare, but this version is a perfectly readable edition of a classic and influential play.
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By A Customer on 15 Nov. 2000
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This is a really clever play. A bloodthirsty revenge play, involving stabbings, hangings, and the biting out of tongues, its climax is a theatrical tour de force in which the bad guys act in a play written by Hieronimo, the man who seeks revenge on them. At the end of Hieronimo's play the protagonists are unexpectedly killed with real knives. As they sink to the ground, bleeding and crying, the onstage audience laughs and applauds, not realising that the carnage is real. We the audience are asked to ponder how we'd feel if the actors in a play didn't get up and bow, but remained bloody and still on the stage. It's a fascinating play about theatre itself, in which there are plays within plays within plays, and the ultimate suggestion is that we're all actors within the theatre of God. Our tragedy is that nobody's given us the script.
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By Roman Clodia TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Jan. 2015
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This tends to be looked at as *the* original Renaissance revenge tragedy that takes its roots from Seneca and other Latin sources, and which kick-starts a dramatic genre which flourishes via Titus Andronicus and Hamlet through to The Revenger's Tragedy, The Changeling and others.

This edition offers a helpful critical introduction and notes - the latter especially important if you don't have Latin since Kyd is prone to throwing in great chunks, some of which is glossed, most of which isn't.

The play itself is a wonderfully macabre story framed by a ghost and the figure of Revenge who sit on stage throughout watching over the drama that we are watching, while the deaths pile up. Amongst the gore, though, are important debates about a feudal blood-price culture of personal revenge vs. a more social sense of legal justice - and the play questions the efficacy of the latter alongside the ethics of the former.

So while there are important matters at stake here, the play is also hugely and almost shockingly enjoyable. It's also fun to spot the way its plots, lines and props get lifted by a sneaky William Shakespeare: the scarf that turns into the handkerchief in Othello, the play-within-a-play which is repeated in Hamlet, Hieronymo's struggles with whether, and how, he can live which re-emerge in Hamlet's 'to be or not to be' speech.

It's a bit of a shame that Kyd's play has almost become a series of sources for Shakespeare: this is a good edition which gives back primacy to the drama for its own sake.
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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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Kyd's tragedy is utterly brilliant. If you like Hamlet you will love this...it has all the ingredients of tragedy and cannot be surpassed.
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Fabulous book and the introduction is particularly useful for context etc. I highly recommend it to all! I am a student but would definitely read again in my spare time.
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