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The Knight of the Burning Pestle Francis Beaumont

by Sheldon Zitner

Part of the The Revels Plays Series

The Knight of the Burning Pestle Francis Beaumont Synopsis

This play is a celebration of London life and theatre in which Francis Beaumont's comic genius is given free rein. A grocer, his wife and their two apprentices attending the theatre in holiday mood interrupt and finally replace a fatuous love comedy with their own heart's desire: exotic spectacle and sound English sentiment. This edition presents an accurate modern-spelling text, with full historical and critical introduction and a detailed commentary. The introduction analyses the character of Beaumont's wit and his unsentimental critique of society and of society's stage image. It also places 'The Knight' in the contexts of Jacobean comedy and the work of the children's theatrical troupes. An appendix on the songs and a concern for details of production make this edition especially useful to actors and directors, as well as students of Renaissance drama. -- .

Book Information

ISBN: 9780719069673
Publication date: 28th October 2004
Author: Sheldon Zitner
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 208 pages
Categories: Plays, playscripts,

About Sheldon Zitner

Sheldon P. Zitner is Professor of English at Trinity College, University of Toronto -- .

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