9780719030949

The Malcontent by John Marston

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  • ISBN13:

    9780719030949

  • ISBN10:

    0719030943

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1999-03-11
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press

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Summary

"This Malevole is one of the most prodigious affections that ever conversed with nature: a man, or rather a monster, more discontent than Lucifer." "" "The Malcontent" is a striking example of the new satiric tone and moral seriousness in English comedy of the early 1600s. The play's vision of a fallen humanity driven by lust and ambition is created partly by its depiction of Machiavellian intrigue in the court of Genoa, and partly by the disaffected Malevole, the malcontent of the title, who is actually the deposed Duke Altofronto in disguise. Marston's tragi-comedy is full of reversals, surprises and moral transformations and offers a thin disguise for the Jacobean court and its vices. This new student edition contains a lengthy new Introduction with background on the author, date and sources, theme, critical interpretation and stage history.

Author Biography

George K. Hunter is Professor of English and Renaissance Studies at Yale University.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
ix
General Editor's Preface xi
Preface xiii
Abbreviations xv
Introduction xix
The Author
xix
The Text
xxiii
The Date
xli
The Additions
xlvi
The Play
liii
The contemporary setting
liii
Satire and tragicomedy
lxi
Style
lxxiv
Stage History
lxxxi
Editions lxxxv
The Malcontent
1(162)
Appendix Press Corrections 163(4)
Glossarial Index to the Commentary 167

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